Thursday, August 01, 2013
Do My Own Basement?
Our basement is in desperate need of being "re-done".
It's already finished....but there's mold and nastiness throughout.
But the problem here on Long Island is that these contractors sodomize you, in terms of price.
They are rude-a$$ mofos to boot!
I mean how much do you think it should cost to demo, reframe, rewire, put up sheetrock, hang a drop ceiling, and paint a basement?
I'm curious what some of you in flyover country would pay for this.
Personally, I don't think it should cost more than $10,000.
But you watch, they'll try to charge me 50k!
That's why I'm sort of thinking about trying to do it myself. Well I checked out some book on how to do it at the library anyway.
I can demo it, right?
I just bought a reciprocating saw for $60 on Amazon. A dumpster here costs $350-$500.
I'm a little nervous about cutting into a pipe or wire - but I think I can handle that.
One guy, a contractor who told me he could get me a dumpster for "only $800" (!) said that the problem with demo'ing your own place is "controlling the dust."
I'll bet I can figure that out.
I'm seriously thinking about trying to find someone who lives 100 miles away to do it. They can sleep here. I'll help.
Doing any of this work myself would, of course, amount to a complete waste of my time in the long run.
But I don't think I can stomach a bunch of criminals coming into my house and robbing me for a few months or however long they drag it out.