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"There is a reason they have been in business since 1979, and they proved it to my family without question today. I met with
(management)" for our quote, and gathered a few more from other reputable companies. His quote was a bit higher than our others, but I also had a friend refer them to me. So...I consulted Angie's List. The recent reviews were disappointing, and when I mentioned this to
, he fought for my business - and won it. For background, we have ~1,800 sq ft and are the 2nd owners. The original owner liked to get in the attic to make electrical repairs/changes - and often fell through the ceiling. To say we had a lot of ceiling patches is putting it mildly. Combine the patches with popcorn, and we had a big job to get done! The crew left 30 minutes ago and I couldn't wait to write this review (had to stop walking around with my jaw hanging open)! They were absolutely the right company to handle our messy ceiling. We had a crew of 5-very professional men who were clearly a very experienced group that work together frequently. They worked quickly, efficiently, and with great attitudes. They could not have been nicer to me throughout the day, allowing me to photograph each phase, and entertain my many questions. They arrived at 9:15a (given a window of 9-9:30a) and left at 6:30p. I cannot believe they accomplished so much in 1-day, even for five people. They even ran into issues that were outside of what was expected and did not cut corners, but actually added work to their plates in order to provide the best possible outcome. The end result is stunning, absolutely stunning. We are not a family who can part with $3k lightly, and are careful about who we welcome into our home for contract work. My hope is that someone is able to feel a bit more comfortable with deciding to go with
given the wonderful experience we've just had with them. Should our future home(s) require drywall work, they will be the first company. we call. Without question or hesitation.

-Heather H.

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"Everything went fine, work was exceptional and the price was in line with the quality of the work (meaning if you want the cheapest price, you probably going to" get lower quality work, this was exceptional work)

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Drywall and plaster

Knowing how your interior walls are constructed and what they are made of can help you take better care of your home, as well as provide effective maintenance. You can make small repairs yourself, but the more extensive the job the more likely you'll need a drywall repair contractor to make the wall smooth again.

Drywaller smoothing a textured ceiling
Drywall, Asbestos Removal

Dear Angie: Who can I hire to remove a popcorn ceiling? How is it done and what will it cost? — Jonathan H. of Woodland Hills, California, and Marcia E. of Altamonte Springs, Florida

drywall contractor finishing a smooth ceiling
Drywall

Are those small Styrofoam balls on your ceiling bugging you? You can remove them yourself, or hire a drywall pro.

Most electricians and plumbers don't routinely patch wall holes left from their work. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Barbara D. of Downington, Pennsylvania)
Drywall, Painting - Interior, Handymen

These service providers are your best bet to patch drywall or plaster holes that plumbers, electricians and other service providers may create while working.

Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Painting - Interior, Drywall

You may prefer the lived-in look, but a hole in the wall makes your home look a little too lived in. A pro tells how to repair a hole yourself and save money.

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My sister-in-law uses brite white toothpaste and rubs it into those small holes. No prep, no sanding.
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I've used wall liner (it applies like wallpaper only thicker) to cover a multitude of "wall sins" over the years. In my opinion it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. It doesn't look cheap or tacky, it's inexpensive, non-labor intensive and not messy to install.

I used it for the first time about 15 years ago to cover a faux brick tile on my lower kitchen walls that couldn't be removed. It was either tear the wall down or take a chance on $40 worth of wall liner. It did the job beautifully and lasted. Since then I've used it to cover paneling, a badly gouged wall after a kitchen remodel and a wall that looked like a pegboard after floor to ceiling shelving was removed.

Friends and family (and realtors!) have been amazed by the transformation after applying this simple inexpensive product. 

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Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.

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Drywall Repair reviews in Great Barrington

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was responsive during storms and as thorough as any of the other vendors we've tried. The team was responsive to feedback and kept us safe through the worst winter. We needed to do some detail work ourselves to make sure vents were clear but
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took care of the heavy lifting. It took awhile to lock in a final contract -
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was very responsive in sending an initial draft but took some following up to get the clarifications we were looking for. Still, we decided to go with them because their rates were competitive, reasonable, and they made multiple trips to deal with build up in the event of larger storm.

- Condo A.
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I contacted
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to complete ceiling repairs. I sent
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pictures of the damage and he provided an estimate of $160. I was OK with the cost, but
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was not able to fix it as soon as I needed the work to be completed. We had new carpet coming in a week and I needed to get the ceiling repaired prior to installation. Based on what others had written about
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's services on Angies List I would have selected him based on those ratings and his quote was very reasonable. However, the time factor did not allow me pursue his services further.
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was very professional and I would contact him in the future should the need arise again.
- David S.
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repaired the first floor ceiling under a 2nd floor toilet that had plumbing issues. The plumber pocked a hole in the ceiling to let
the water flow out. It was necessary for
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to replace a section approximately 3 ft square where the water had bowed the sheet rock. It required two trips to finish the job.
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had the skills to fix the problem, the right equipment (large rotary dust free sander) and the professional attitude to get the job done right the first time. The price was exceptional considering I had another service tech that came to the house to view the damage who gave me a quote of $450.
- David S.
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After the last big rainstorm, hail damaged my roof and my kitchen ceiling was all wet as well as other spots around my ceilings. My insurance company essentially gave me the money for repairs and told me to pick who I wanted to do the work. I studied Angie's list for a day or so and finally called a few what looked like all around repair companies to do all the work.
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services came out and after talking to him, decided to go with them.
If anyone finds themselves in the same spot I was, I wouldn't hesitate to hire this company. They aren't a red neck fly by night company that comes in and takes all your money and runs off. They are honest and very professional. Their crews have been with them many years and are dedicated repair specialists who do their jobs right.
- Susan S.
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CALLED ME BACK RIGHT AWAY....SHOWED UP ON TIME....PERFORMED WORK AS DESCRIBED AT A REASONABLE PRICE....THIS WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT CALLED ME BACK SINCE THIS WAS A SMALL JOB.......BEST PART WAS THAT THEY EVEN OFFERED TO TOUCH UP OTHER AREAS FOR NO CHARGE....WOULD NOT HESITATE TO HIRE AGAIN
- Jeremy T.
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Called for an estimate. Had to call 7 times before I got anyone on the line, and never received a call back when I left messages. It seems they are quite busy. No estimate provided because they will not do work where
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work has already been started. I'm a single female and have been doing my own
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on the walls of a small office. I cannot do the ceiling myself so was looking to hire someone to do a few sheets of
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on the ceiling and finishing mud and tape on the other walls. While I can understand them not wanting to finish the
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that I put up, the
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on the ceiling would be new work. They wanted to charge $60 to come out an give me an estimate, which I have not experienced from any of the other contractors I have worked with while renovating my entire home. They most definitely gave me the impression that they did not want the work. Note that they do not do any skim coat work either, if you are looking for that service.
- Anne B.
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Had extensive dry wall repair in entire house and two story stair well. The job took seven days to complete. Several areas required that dry wall be cut out and replaced.
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did an excellent job matching wall textures, tape, floating, etc. Would hire him again and would recommend him.
- Mary D.
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After having basement treated for mold, lots of
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was removed.
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was great about replacing it. I was on a bit of a tight schedule due to selling the home and he was able to accommodate me. Very reasonable price which included product and labor. Worked quickly and was pleasant and professional. Would definitely call again.
- Mary A.

Drywall Contractors in Great Barrington, MA

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AA Ceilings, LLC

PO Box 8435

Aaron Basement Technologies

14 Colony Road
West Springfield

Affordable Painters

65 Prospect Street
Warren

ALEX SMITH PAINTING CO

PMB # 169 180 Elm Street
Pittsfield

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AMES BUILDERS

PO BOX 1533
North Adams

Appalachian Contractors Inc

PO Box 161
Richmond

Bay State Brick & Stonework

PO Box 70
Mansfield

Berkshire Carpentry

708 Lanesboro Rd
Cheshire

Bright Painting Co

71 Marshall St
Medford

Burke & Sons General Contract

439 Patriots Rd
Templeton

C & R CONTRACTING

27 Melrose Street
Adams

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Canty Brothers Construction

61 Mechanic St
Marlborough

Color Concepts Painting

401 W Center St
West Bridgewater

Considine Construction LLC

277 Ashley Falls Rd.

CONSIDINE PAINTING

277 ASHLEY FALLS RD

Custom Building Services

87 Ward St.
Athol

Dettinger Lumber Company Inc

24 Warren Terrace
Pittsfield

DiOrio Builders and Designers Inc

5050 Washington St
West Roxbury

Don Cooper Construction

Shelburne Falls

Drycrete Waterproofing

13 Sun Street
Waltham

Father & Son Handymen

po box 188
Templeton

Fixwright

42 Fisher Hill Rd
Cheshire

GGC Construction, LLC

6418 Green Meadow Rd. NW

Grayhouse Partners Inc

1081 Main Street/ PO Box 334
Housatonic

Habitech

215 S Main St
Orange

Hilltown Plaster Co & Handyman Services

210 Williamsburg Rd
Worthington

HomePride Contracting & Remoldeling Co

30 Northern Lights Ave
North Adams

J.Brian Day Emergency Services

240 Maple St
Bellingham

JB & Son Painting

158 California Ave
Pittsfield

JBD Custom Roofing and Remodeling

314 Broadway Street
Cambridge

Jim's Painting & Restoration

539 South Street
Pittsfield

Jonathan Taylor Services

223 Egremont Plain Rd. #148
North Egremont

Kiley Builders LLC

122 Clifton Ave
Chicopee

knight fine painters Inc.

1235 Worcester rd .
Framingham

Lux Renovations, LLC

60 Shawmut Rd
Canton

M&J Construction Co.

30 Whittman St.
North Adams

Michael A Foote Remodeling

26 Slade St
Belmont

MRM Contracting

28 Noel Dr
Ashburnham

n. smith carpentry services plus

PO Box 532
Great Barrington

Naysa

1 Mifflin Place
Cambridge

Old House Works

842 Washington St

Pacific Stone & Tile

189 Main St
Maynard

PHIL CORMIER CONTRACTING

126 MICHAELS LN
Baldwinville

Pkm Home Improvement

19 Boston Post Road
Wayland

Precision Home Care

51 whitman rd
Williamstown

Professional House Painter

23 Lakeway Dr.
Pittsfield

Pros Home Services Inc

449 Boston Post Rd E
Marlborough

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

Ranieri Construction Inc

22 John St
Needham Heights

Reliable Building Services

140 Adams St.
Quincy

renovations r us

88 Winchendon Rd
Royalston

Rick Houldsworth Custom Carpentry

57 W Center Rd
West Stockbridge

Rotolo Home Improvement Inc.

685 Walker St.
North Adams

Sean Murphy Painting

36 Spear St
Quincy

Sebastien Derobert

139 Summer St
Maynard

Seco Home Improvement

225 Walnut St.
Athol

StG Services

111 Plesantdale Rd
Rutland

Stile

143 Bridge Street
Great Barrington

Sturdy Home Improvement

9 Short St
Worcester

Sullivan Construction

P.O. Box 45
Pittsfield

T & D Remodeling

North Billerica

Top Notch Transitional Services

3 Boulevard St
Milton

Top Notch Woodworks

1 Cottage St
Easthampton

Tremont Builders

573 Pecks Rd
Pittsfield

tyler home & property services

55 Huldahs Lane
Ashley Falls

Vision Painting Contractor

P.O. Box 406
Natick

Whitecreek Painting

po box 557
Housatonic

William Doiron Construction

37 Spruce Dr
Ashburnham

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