Drywalling basement

Old 11-17-04, 02:55 PM
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Drywalling basement

My basement is already finished, but the walls are paneling. I am planning on removing the paneling and putting up drywall. Since I have never put up drywall before the size of the basement kind of intimidates me because it is about 1200 square feet of wall space.

I was considering contracting out the drywall work. Does anyone have an idea of what it costs per square foot to hang, tape, and mud drywall?
Old 11-18-04, 04:55 AM
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kolky, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Labor costs vary by area as do the prices of materials. Most contractors give free estimates and with winter here building is slowing down so they are looking to keep busy. Get at least 3 estimates and check their credentials (insurance etc) If large differentials between bids, don't hesitate to ask why. Good luck with your project.
Old 11-18-04, 08:21 AM
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Don't make the mistake I did. I had friends come help hang the drywall, thnking that would save on the cost of finishing. Even though the friends knew what they were doing, no one wanted to finish drywall others had hung and the cost was higher than I had been told it should be for the whole job (hanging & taping). The good news is I learned how to do it myself.

Seems like the number around here (central IL) was about $.80/sf for labor. Thats SF of board, not floor space
Old 11-20-04, 07:00 AM
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Thanks for the responses. 80 cents per square foot was around what I was expecting. One of the resaons I asked the question was because I had received one quote so far over the phone and the guy to me it would be $60 per hour and that it would take around 40 hours. That equals out to about $2400 or $2.00 per square foot (just for labor).

I have two more contractors coming this weekend to look at it so hopefully they will be a lot lower on the price.
Old 11-20-04, 09:34 AM
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Hanging and mudding drywall is a pretty easy job that can be learned quickly. It just takes time. Do it yourself, there are plenty of books and videos available.
If it's a big job I hire a couple of high school kids to help out.

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