10 days later...and I have come to the conclusion that I may be better off just doing things myself...or I need to do my due diligence in picking contractors. I thought I had done well, got 4 quotes, talked to a couple guys and I didnt even take the cheapest quote!
This drywall guy is a real piece of work. If I was smart I would have recognized that he was just bragging about his "skills" instead of reassuring me that it was going to look great when he was done. He does a mean knockdown texture on the ceilings, but thats the only thing he does right. Showing up and actually doing work is where he is lacking. I had a deal with the contractor saying that I pay $500 initially and the remainder when the project is complete to my satisfaction. The drywall guy got it 75% done and was leaving for a weekend and needed some money so they convinced me to give them some more money, with a chunk set aside for the finished job. A couple days ago he comes to me and says he is finished when there is obviously quite a bit of work to do yet. He tells me to prime the walls before I decide there is more work to do - meanwhile he asks for the remaining money because he says it is finished. I refused to pay until I am satisfied.
This all happened earlier this week and my wife has primed every single basement wall the past two nights after work (she has been up priming walls until midnight both nights). I had a couple big projects at work so I was unable to be down there to help - so big props to her for helping out. The main contractor stopped by to look at the walls over lunch today. We decided that I would stick blue painters tape to the walls wherever I found problems. Over lunch I put up tape and called the contractor to have him send over this drywall guy to finish up.
Phew! We are up to date now. Pardon my rant - I am just getting frustrated about this whole deal.
Here are some pictures for those of you who made it this far into the post! I wont bore you will all of them, but here are a couple interesting ones.
Stairwell going down...
Here is the worst wall in the bedroom
Here is a view of the hallway
Here is cabinet area in the open room
One view of the open room
Other view of the open room
Here is the theater room (I may have got lucky in here), he seemed to do a much better job here.
View of the back of the theater room
The one thing he did a good job with was his knockdown texture...I was super impressed.
It looks better than the knockdown in the rest of the house.
It has been three weeks since he accepted the job - I just want this to be finished. You dont see any pictures of the bathroom (or any tape in the bathroom) because it was so bad that I put one piece of tape in there with a note saying it needed another whole coat.
I should have taken some closeup pictures so show you all what I am dealing with here - I am not being picky and putting tape next to any stray piece of spackle...these are either dents in the wall, trowel marks, fiberglass tape showing or just plain crappy workmanship.
For someone who wanted to be paid in full, there was no way I was going to let that happen!