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  • Writer's pictureSteven Pustylnik

What is ROUGH and FINISH? When I opened shop I didn't even know the difference!

If you're thinking about doing a home renovation and this is your first time taking on this sort of project you may have read or heard the terms ROUGH and FINISH but not sure what they mean. That's okay, I didn't even know what they meant when I opened my company. I am not afraid to admit it.

General Rule of Thumb:

Rough is all the stuff behind the walls like the studs, pipes, and wires.

Finish is the stuff in front of the wall like the moldings, faucets, and light fixtures.

I hope that helps. You may hear people say rough carpentry, rough electric, or rough carpentry, OR finish plumbing, finish electric, or finish carpentry. Now you know what they mean.

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