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my water heater in my garage sprang a leak and water came to the wall inside that backs up to the garage. i've already replaced the waterheater, but now need someone handy enough to come in and replace the bottom foot of a couple walls. i can see the baseboards swolen and an inch or so above them is discolored.

i've gotta check on the way from insurance, just need a good, honest handyman. i'm good and honest but nowhere close to being handy.

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You can do it yourself - there's really not a whole lot to it once you get the hang of it and get the materials you need.
 

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yep - it'll come in handy the next time a doorknob goes through the wall in the house - that's a repair I've made several times.
 

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Where you located? I dont do it anymore, but if your around the corner I can help. If I had time. LOL I did commercial drywall for 8 years. Its not hard. I can walk you through it if you want to do it yourself. Tape and floating can be a little bit of a challenge, Ill walk you through it though. You can do it.
 

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You need to do is, get that wet sheetrock out of there. The insulation too. Sheetrock is cheap. Dont be afraid to to cut out a wider section than you need to. Cut out in widths that best fit a 48" sheet. In another words, 12" will get you 4 cuts, 16" will get you 3, 24" will get you 2 cuts. Do you have a chalkbox? In not, get one. Measure up from the botton of the exhisting sheetrock, not the slab, the mark the desired height at one end, and at the other of the wall. Chalk the line. With a utilty knife, and new blades, cut along the chalk line holding the knife perpendicular to the wall. Dot worry about going deep just yet. Go below the cut you just made about 3/16" and cut again. Except this time, hold the knife at about a 45 degree angle. Thats with the handle down and the knife point heading towards the first cut. What you wanna do is, create a gap so its easy cutting. Leave the cut edge of the sheetrock that is staying, as square as possible. Thick. Dont worry about cutting all the way through the rock, you dont need to. Bust it out with a hammer and clean up the edge. I wouldnt reccommend using a sawz all. You have wiring and plumbing in the wall. That could be bad news.

Anyway, make sure everything is really dried out before hanging the new rock. If you wanna go for it, I would. Let us know when your ready.
 

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i have to do this in the hall bathroom, the master bath, and a closet. and then the garage. i may cut out a crawl space in the garage and take a look from that side at what i have to accomplish. it looks like a big mess...
 

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i have to do this in the hall bathroom, the master bath, and a closet. and then the garage. i may cut out a crawl space in the garage and take a look from that side at what i have to accomplish. it looks like a big mess...
Ok, thats different. Once you go to the interior walls, most likely the walls have texture. Thats a whole different ball game. Youll need a specialist painter/finisher to match up the new and old texture. Thats an art. Depends on what you want to spend and how good you want it to match. There are cheaper alternatives though. Wainscott etc.

Id seek some free bids and get a ballpark figure where you stand. If you see this CoolChange, you have any advice?
 
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