Call it what you will, today’s walls are no longer lathed and plastered they are covered with “drywall”.
Our kitchen was drywalled by pros.
We have decided to save money by doing our own drywalling in the conservatory the conservatory bathroom, the master walk-in closet and the master bathroom.
Obviously Charlie will not be using stilts but we do have a friend to help, especially with the ceilings.
Our contractor estimated the list of supplies for us:
- 13 sheets of 1/2 inch – 3 ft by 5 ft Hardiebacker for the bathrooms
- 19 sheets of 1/2 inch – 4 ft by 8 ft mold resistant drywall (also called greenboard) for the bathrooms
- 53 sheets of 1/2 inch - 4 ft by 8 ft regular drywall
The conservatory is ready for drywall.
I put the list into Home Depot’s online ordering system and came up with a total of $963.17 which we would need to pick up ourselves and take back to the house.
I have used Home Depot’s online ordering in the past but this is a heavy load to DIY.
We could have done that but it seemed like a lot of work so I googled other suppliers in our area and found a company called Pro-Build. The same order would cost $832.22 plus a $50 delivery charge, $882.22. Eighty dollars less than Home Depot.
ProBuild has over 450 locations across the country.
I stopped in their office to place the order the only difference being they would deliver six 4 by 8 sheets of Hardiebacker instead of thirteen 3 by 5 sheets. I based the number of sheets on square footage to give me an idea of how much to order. If by chance we need more I can fit a 3 by 5 sheet or two from Home Depot in the back of my car.
The order from Pro Build seems to be a good value.
Since they were making a delivery I also added:
- 2 boxes of drywall screws,
- three 5-gallons containers of joint compound (mud) and
- 2 rolls of joint tape onto the order.
At the very end I asked if they could do anything about the ($50) delivery charge.
Guess what? They knocked that off , too.
Final total: $969.22
Delivery is scheduled for Monday.
Would you ask for free delivery or a discount? Do you have a certain phrase that works better than others?