how much 2 charge for hanging drywall?

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  1. PaPainter02

    PaPainter02 New Member

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    I have a friend of the family (not really that close) who is asking me to hang drywall in a bed room of his house. He is going to supply all the materials, I have to bring all my tools, hang it and get it all ready for painting. I've done this job b4 for myself at my home but never for some1 else. What would be a reasonalbe price to charge him? The house is in Pa, I dont really know the exact size of the room (I'm going to give the estimate tomarrow) but its on the lower scale of a "fine home" so I'm asumming it will be a nice size bedroom but not a huge bedroom as in a "fine home". Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. $25 per sheet to hang tape and finish ready for paint.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I don't know the going rate. Like most folks, I have done some drywall. Not greatly skilled at it. I don't think I would take it on for $25 a sheet, but someone who is good and works faster, it might pay. Are you working alone on this? Does the job include the ceiling?

    You mentioned a home on the "finer side". They will expect perfection in the taping. Will it be textured or plastered?
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    The smaller the room the more you have to charge per sheet. Ideally you should see the site and determine exactly how long it will take you. Once you know that, you can figure out how much you want to earn per hour and do the calculation.
  5. PaPainter02

    PaPainter02 New Member

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    I talked to the guy last night. Now he says he just needs me to hang it. He said he is going to tape it and do all the other work. $25 sheet sounded good for doing everything. How mush should I charge to just hang it? Thanks
  6. PaPainter02

    PaPainter02 New Member

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    The job does include the ceiling. The ceiling is angled too. Thanks again
  7. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    In my area a handy man gets between $15.00-$45.00 / Hr. for anything. Part of pricing a job is how much work there is...I would tell him it is $20.00 per sheet to hang or $20.00 per sheet to finish or $25.00 a sheet for hanging and finishing, If you will be happy with the $$$ reguardless of the time it takes you to do the job. It all depends on your speed and ability which I am going to guess is low since your asking how much you should charge...If the job comes out not looking the way he thinks it should he will try and knock down the price...

    Personally I love doing drywall so much I would charge $200.00/sheet.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  8. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy In the Trades

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    Keep in mind that the reason he wants you do do it is that he doesn't want to pay a drywall contractor the going rate. If he was willing to pay the full price, he wouldn't take a chance on somebody who installed drywall once.

    I'm only saying this because I've been there. You'll have to work twice as hard as a drywaller because you don't have the right tools for half the pay.

    In the end, you'll feel like you were taken advantage of and he'll be unhappy with the work.
  9. Basement_Lurker

    Basement_Lurker One who lurks

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    Most (if not all) drywallers here charge by the square footage for installations. You could call a few local guys and ask if they charge by square footage or if they charge by quote pricing if you want an accurate idea of how to price the job.
  10. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I guess I love it even more than you do...
    $600 a sheet here!:cool:
  11. He is not your freind....

    If this fellow is your freind, then when the job
    is done he will not be anymore.... your freind.....


    he wants you to hang drywall that he is not willing to pay
    a drywall man to do correctly....


    when it is all said and done, my guess is he wont be happy with the
    work or will complain about the lines gaps ect and expect you to take less for the job......




    Is this freind going to help you do this work or
    is he going to just kick back with a beer and watch???

    is the drywall going to have to be hauled into the home
    or will it be already in place for you to hang??

    From past experience....
    hanging drywall on a ceiling by myself is something
    I would not wish on a dog....
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  12. Cookie

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    I did all the drywall in my kitchen, it wasn't that hard, you are all a bunch of sissies, :D
    I even did it wearing these cool shoes, (they helped with the ceiling)
    [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  13. Rich H

    Rich H Civil Engineer

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    hanging drywall on a ceiling is easy, just rent a drywall lift. Makes it very easy to hang 5/8" fire rated drywall with one person. I've done it, and it's not bad at all.

    I tend to agree with the overall thought that - this guy doesn't want to hang it himself, but doesn't want to pay a drywall guy, so he's looking to cut corners. Yet, he lives in a 'fine home'... Recipe for disaster. He won't be happy, you'll get p.o.'ed, and the small amount of money you make won't be worth it.
  14. Cookie

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    It seems the average is 25/35 a sheet. I commend anyone who does this work, it is back breaking work.
  15. shag_fu

    shag_fu New Member

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    So after reading this first post and the others, you are not really friends just acquaintances which helps. I would do this job for TM esp since you've only done it once for yourself. As long as he understands that you've only done it once and are in no way implying that you want to do this as a profession then I would proceed. Its really hard to bid competitively without the exp. Either you bid too low and shoot yourself in the foot, or bid too high and he says no, on second thought if you dont really want to do it then bid 200/sheet :)
  16. tilelayher

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    i just drywalled a ceiling for a friend i hung 3 4x10 sheets and 2 4 x 8s i charged 150 and she payed for the drywall lift and spackle and tape and everything and got me lunch.

    I ripped the old plaster out it was falling off, Hung the rock and taped one day, 1st coated the next day, final coated it another day and sanded it the day after that.

    Now shes got it painted and shes happy,

    Tips make sure you thin it, i have a drill im a tile setter i added some soap to the final 2 coats so there was no pocks and i hope you have all the knives and patience and skills needed. I had to tape all the corners of the room and i used a corner knive and it looks perfect.

    I hope you know how to do it, it took my like 30-40s times to get good at drywalling well not drywalling its the taping and spackling side you need a 4 inch knife, 5 incher, 6 incher, 8 incher, 10 and 12 and corner tool, sanders and just the skills to do it. If you've only done it once i would pass on the job.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  17. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy In the Trades

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    3 separate visits for $150?
  18. shag_fu

    shag_fu New Member

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    hes a tile guy.
  19. crater

    crater New Member

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    maybe way late, BUT personally I hate hanging fo someone else to finish. I can "makeup" for imperfections (maybe a screw pop or smething like that) if I'm finishing my own work. If they hire a finisher seperate then guess what either it's call back time or a few problems turn into "The house is going to fall in" problem that go blown out of porportion which can damage a companys rep.
    So whatever you do make sure he understands that you will not be responcible for problems after he has inspected the work and ok'd it and of course PAID you.
  20. craigs

    craigs New Member

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    i bid between 85 cents to $1.30 per square foot taped finished. Depends on the room and how far I have to drive to the site this is in Oregon
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