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Old 06-04-2018, 08:12 AM
 
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The hardest part about DIYing anything in an old house is that there are no 90 degree angles, all your walls are crooked, nothing is level, etc. I'm just about done with my small 1/2 bath reno (55"x60") and redid the chair rail on one of the walls twice because I wasn't happy with how it was lining up, but got the same result both time measuring 100x and cutting down a little by a little until it fit. Nope, walls are crooked and thats just the way it is. Do your best, caulk the rest. Sure, I can spot my imperfections and so can a pro, but all that matters is that I'm satisfied with my job and of course that the wife is happy. I don't sweat the small stuff because it isn't worth the $10k extra in cost to us. When it's all done I think I'll be $1500-2000 max (depending on the faucet, cabinet hardware, etc) and that's all new everything except drywall.. mosaic marble tile floor, mid-range home depot vanity w a marble top, etc.

And sharkbites? Those scare me. Maybe in a spot where it's permanently accessible and won't cause a lot of damage if it starts leak down the road. Soldering copper pipe isn't hard to learn, and if you mess it up you know immediately and can re-do it.

https://www.amazon.com/Starrett-505P.../dp/B003CJSQ4S

This gem will give you the exact angle of your wall to match your miter saw. My walls are not 90 either. I did my entire LR/DR upstairs and downstairs hallways w/ chair rail. As you know even being a 1/4" off when joining corners will look like crap. Next time buy this it's worth the $$. Coping the joint is also a option for crooked walls.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:57 AM
 
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/\ I enjoyed the part where he wrote “did whole bath except Sheetrock “! In other words lipstick on a pig.
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Not ripping down sheet rock on an old bathroom and replacing it is definately cheaping out


Yea? Wife wanted wallpaper and beadboard. I skim coated the top half of the walls and shot beadboard on the bottom half. It's a half bath dude, could have done it with 4 pieces of sheetrock and had plenty of cut pieces left over, so I saved what? $100 on rock? My labor is free. Its a half bath, with no shower, no water damage, and the sheetrock was replaced with green board when the past owners redid the bath 10-12 years ago.

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"Do your best, caulk the rest."

Classic!
Never said I was a pro and I don't pretend to be, but I've seen plenty of work by people who call themselves pros and they shouldn't. I have a lot of experience and I like to think I'm pretty good at this stuff. I've heard that quote get thrown around a lot and it helps me not get stuck spending hours trying to make something more perfect than it needs to be. I don't expect perfection, and that's alright. If someone is laying on the floor staring at the caulk filling a gap in the corner behind a toilet they have issues.

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https://www.amazon.com/Starrett-505P.../dp/B003CJSQ4S

This gem will give you the exact angle of your wall to match your miter saw. My walls are not 90 either. I did my entire LR/DR upstairs and downstairs hallways w/ chair rail. As you know even being a 1/4" off when joining corners will look like crap. Next time buy this it's worth the $$. Coping the joint is also a option for crooked walls.
I've been meaning to get one of those. All the old crown and stuff in the house when I moved in was done with a coping saw, half of it is outstanding work, half of it is meh. I'm sure someone spent lot's of time doing them though.

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Old 06-04-2018, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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Another option is try to do it yourself.
I hate to agree with Donald Trump, but yes... that or hire a handyman for half the price. We did 2 bathrooms for $10k and I've posted pics before. Companies have too much overhead to give you cheaper pricing even if they wanted to. For bigger jobs, that's a different story - hire pros.

How good a bathroom looks depends on your taste/style, not how much you paid someone to demo/install. On a simple re-do, a handyman won't leave your light fixture crooked or tile un-level as long as you review their work at the end of the day.

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Old 06-06-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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I considered having a handyman do the reno but i'm afraid that it'll take too long to get done. I had a handyman redo a kitchen before and he was doing that while fitting in other jobs he was doing so i feel like it took longer than if a contractor did it, he did do a good job though.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:14 AM
 
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I considered having a handyman do the reno but i'm afraid that it'll take too long to get done. I had a handyman redo a kitchen before and he was doing that while fitting in other jobs he was doing so i feel like it took longer than if a contractor did it, he did do a good job though.

If you are hiring a handyman make sure you pay by the project and not by the day. They will take their sweet a$$ time if you pay them by the day.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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I considered having a handyman do the reno but i'm afraid that it'll take too long to get done. I had a handyman redo a kitchen before and he was doing that while fitting in other jobs he was doing so i feel like it took longer than if a contractor did it, he did do a good job though.
Many contractors do the same thing.
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