Job Specifics & Important Info

CAULK

The area where caulk is replaced needs to be perfectly dry prior to applying new caulk. If I am recaulking your shower, please, if possible, do not use the shower for at least 12 hours before I come. Caulk requires about 48 hours to fully cure. 

 

NO MATTER WHAT, do not get the area wet at all. If there is any moisture around new caulk, it will not cure, and I will have to come back another day. I can not guarantee that if I need to return, it will be the next day, as I usually have back-to-back jobs. Also, I will charge for my time to remove damaged caulk and reapply it.

Drywall

Drywall jobs span 2-3 days.  But...after the first day, which is the longest, the next couple of visits are just to sand and put coats to strengthen the joint or repair.  Unless specified in the estimate, I will not paint the repaired area.

As an fyi, sanding drywall leaves a considerable amount of dust that lingers for days. So, while I will do my best to clean it up, there will be more dust after I'm done.

If I am drywalling a ceiling, the color of the repaired area, once dried, will not match the rest of the ceiling.  If you want, I can paint over the area with new paint.  But, again, it probably will not match, simply because you can almost always tell when an area is newly painted.

Also, the texture of the ceiling will be flat. I am able to apply some texture to ceilings, but there is a high probability that you will still be able to pick out the area.  

There are some weather conditions that affect my ability to do drywall jobs.  If it is very hot, the compound seizes too quickly. If it is very humid, it will take much longer to dry.

Tiling

Tile jobs might seem easy, but they are actually quite difficult.  After laying out the tile pattern, the next step is to secure each tile to the floor.  Then, depending on the type of adhesive, the tile needs to sit from 24-36 hours before grouting.  And DO NOT walk on it!

Once grouted, it will need to sit undisturbed for another 24-36 hours before walking on it or cleaning it.  

You can be sure, though, that after the grout dries, and I'm gone, there will be a film and some grout stuck to the tiles.  Fear not!  All you need to do is mop and scrub just a bit and it'll look beautiful!

If I am removing grout or replacing just a couple of tiles, there is a chance that an adjacent tile will chip or crack. If this happens, you will be responsible for purchasing the replacement tile.

Exterior Wood Repair

I never know what I'm going to find once I get into a rotted area of wood.  

This estimate is based solely on what I was able to see when I was at your home. It does not include the additional time or supplies related to unforeseen issues, including wood rot/damage repair found after I remove existing wood pieces.

 

When working with exterior wood, there is always the chance that when one piece is removed, there is deteriorating wood behind it that may need to be repaired or replaced. If I find rotted wood, I will not put a new piece of board over it unless it has been remediated or replaced.

I use very high quality supplies to stop the progression of wood rot/decay fungi and restore/repair damaged wood which are considerably more expensive than what is available at a typical box store.

PVC boards require special fasteners to hang, which are very costly.

 

Sometimes, I find that the damage is not caused by water, but rather by insects. If I find insects (termites, ants, wasps/hornets/bees) where I am working, I will stop working and you will need to call an exterminator. Please note that I usually have other jobs scheduled after yours so it may be a couple of weeks before I can return to continue.