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Posted by: from Calgary
3/3/2011 at 6:40:12 PM

I want to build a half wall in my basement. Approximately 16 feet long. What approximately should it cost to frame, drywall, mud and tape?

Carol

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Enrico from Olivo Contracting in Toronto
Date/Time3/4/2011 at 2:03:55 AM

Hi Carol,

Depending on what configuration you are looking for and material quality, it would be about $150+ for framing, drywall, and taping materials alone; ie. wood studs, nails/screws/fasteers, drywall, corner beads/trims, tape, mud, paint.

Regards,

Enrico O.

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Ron from Jaykob Isaak Inc in London
Date/Time3/5/2011 at 6:14:46 PM

I think you may have missed typed that price

To build a Half wall

1 post for the free end of the knee wall $60 set ( this is code )

14 studs at $3 $46

5 sheets drywall $50

6 corner beads

bag of 45 $20

box mud $20

prime and paint ?????

1 day 2 guys @ $200 That's $25 per hour

1 day 1 guy @ $200

looks like $750 plus tax to me to offer a good job

Sorry about standing on this post I have just seen way too many lowball quotes that no-one can do the job for end in disaster.

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Enrico from Olivo Contracting in Toronto
Date/Time3/5/2011 at 7:09:52 PM

Hi,

TO: Carol, I'm sorry but I need to address this.

TO: Ron Cowell

Thank you for your concern but please read carefully before you reply:

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**Depending on what configuration you are looking for and material quality, it would be about $150+ for framing, drywall, and taping materials alone; ie. wood studs, nails/screws/fasteers, drywall, corner beads/trims, tape, mud, paint.**

Might I stress what I wrote "depending on configuration", "$150+ materials alone ie. wood studs, nails/screws/fasteers, drywall, corner beads/trims, tape, mud, paint". Also, given that she mentioned that she would like to build it, not have it built, I assumed that she will be doing it herself and that she only needed material costs.

A half/knee wall does not regularly exceed 4 feet so that cuts your studs down, and I did not put a $60 post because it doesn't cost $60 for a 6' 4x4. Your material calculation is roughly at $220+ plus taxes but if you reduce that with your $60 post it is right around my calculation.

Now, I understand your frustration about losing jobs from other butcher job, low-ball, discount price, sub-par pricing "Contractors". And I assure you I am not one.

I appreciate the concern and I hope this more than satisfies your query.

Regards,

Enrico Olivo

Olivo Contracting

416 897 9957

olivo.contracting@gmail.com

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Darwin from Sniper Developments in Acme
Date/Time3/7/2011 at 12:29:55 PM

Hello Carol,

I would lke to add to this post.

It looks like both of the contractors who answered your question are indeed qualified and knowledgeable professionals and both are correct in their responses.

I have been going over code and cannot find where it stipulates 1 post or 2 in a "half wall" of that length here in Alberta.

I myself would like to know if there are exhisting teleposts to work with because if there are then the posts are going to be incorporated in the design, if not I personally would recommend 2 posts as a 16 foot span may prove to be weak in the middle especially if there might be persons sitting on the top of the wall at any time. From an engineering standpoint we have to design and build for any and all forseen and unforseen circumstances that structure may have to endure in its lifetime.

Also I would recommend treated wood for the base of the wall to alleviate any moisture problems on a concrete basement floor. Another question would be topical finish for the wall. In my experience a drywalled top finish is very succeptible to damage if there is much activity on the top of it. IE sitting, drinks, objects placed on it. If there is no traffic near the top then drywall is fine.

I am in your area please feel free to contact me by phone if you have any other concerns.

I hope this helps Carol.

Sincerely,

Darwin Eaket

Sniper Developments

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