I meant to say, "or two".
And maybe by then, the OP's tool supply and skill set will have
improved so that he can do it himself.
At the very least, the cost of labor should go down or the quality of
available labor should go up when there is less work to be done in
Good point. In my neighborhood, we have messicans with tools. One guy I've
seen hanging out has a 5kw generator on the back of his truck along with an
air compressor. I assume the boxes on the sides of his truck contain a
collection of power tools.
I'm puzzled, though. How could you use a compound miter saw on sheets of
And isn't a table saw used only by old farts whose hands shake too much to
use an ordinary circular saw?
I agree the price sounds very high. You need more local estimates.
The guy did not lie about the overhead part.
Your material cost may be higher than you think. If this is being installed
over bare rafters you may not get the full 32 square feet per board because
the rafters may not be a perfect 16 or 24 OC. The last time I replaced a
soffitt on an older home I averaged using about 6.5 foot of each 8 foot run.
In some cases you can improve the use of the T-11 by using some scabs.
A contractor is not going to waste his time shopping at the BORG. His cost
may be slightly higher than what you waste a half a day buying it for at the
Is there something that need to be removed? Are the rafters open and
A follow up to this post. An earlier poster mentioned that you could buy
I happed to be at a real lumber yard last week and they still stock and sell
the real 5/8 x 4 x 12 ceiling boards not the double size you find in some
Having already paid for my materials I did not ask a price of the yard man.
The purpose of this post is just say the real McCoy is still made.
Considering I bought clear pine molding for way less than the cost of FJ at
the BORG, it might be cheaper than you think.
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I do all my own work, so I have no idea what the going rate is for a job
like that. But, that price seems really high to me. If I were faced with
that kind of quote, I'd do the work myself.
Easily done with a chalkline and a circular saw. Use a straight-edge to
make the cuts if you want "table saw results".
Not sure what a hi-hat is, but it could probably be cut using the
circular saw or a handheld jigsaw.
Air nailers make the work faster, but it could be nailed by hand just as
eaily. Of course, you can always rent a compressor and nailer for a one
time job like that. Or use a drill and screws.
I installed plywood sheets on the underside of our porch roof. It's
"awkward", but not really difficult. I installed a support board on one
edge, slipped the plywood up under it, and held it in place till I had a
few nails in it.
Since you have a larger porch to do, I'd recommend renting a drywall
lift. You set the sheet on the lift, crank the wheel to raise it tight
against the ceiling, and start nailing. Makes it easy to do jobs like
that by yourself, even for high sloped ceilings.
On the other hand, if the size of the sheets is the most daunting part of
the job, you could always use T&G boards on the ceiling. A bit more cost,
but easier to install, and a much nicer look.
Anyway, if you can't find a contractor to do the job at a reasonable
rate, and you aren't interested or able to do the job yourself, you might
check your local newspapers for a "handyman". They advertise in our local
Nickel Ads, and other small town papers, and you might be able to find
someone on your local Craigs List too.
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