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"The wall behind and next to the toilet was crumbling since the building was so old. I also needed 3 carpet joints replaced and 2 refastened.
" visited and gave an estimate ($1,000), which was higher than I expected. I thought it would be under $500. He offered to repaint the bathroom for the $1,000 price. After thinking it over, I decided that if they could finish the job over the next weekend, the quick service would be worth the price. They said they could do it so I agreed. That Saturday morning, the workers were very punctual. There was a slight language
and there was some confusion about replacing the carpet joint. After talking things over with the worker, he seemed to understand my concerns. He didn't have the materials but said he would go to home depot to buy it. When I returned, I was very happy with the results. The bathroom looked great and he made a great choice in the style and color of the carpet joints. One problem I noticed in the bathroom was a slight gap between the existing and new wall. I called the worker and he agreed to touch it up with caulking. There was some misunderstanding about scheduling the touch up work between the worker and the tenant, but it was finally resolved, and I give a lot of credit to the worker's patience and customer service. He was kind and understanding over the phone. I wish they accepted credit card payments more easily, but all in all, I'm happy. What stands out to me, was their customer service and high quality 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 Contractors in Washington DC

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#1 Handyman Service

9309 Penrose St

1 ENTERPRISE LLC

1402 North Capitol Street NW
Washington

3-R Contracting, LLC

237 East Davis Street

360 Painting

630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy Ste 200

4 Service Pros

2010 Corporate Ridge

5th Gen Group

8704 Garfield Street

A Carney Construction

12730 Bristow Road

A GUY WITH TOOLS

2249 MADISON ST

A J Surman Construction

2135 Cabots Point Lane

A to Z Decorators

3802 Claremont Lane

A to Z Remodeling

7118 Cold Spring Ct

A W GARNER INC

3520 S FOUR MILE RUN DR

A Work Of Art

3380 Ladino Ct

A&A Refinishing Services

956 Cedar Grove Ave

A&D Remodeling LLC

15403 Bounds Avenue

A&I Home Improvements

10610 Lockridge Dr

A&K Remodeling

Po Box 2266

A+ Handyman

224 Doe Trl

A-1 CONSTRUCTION

1102 ATLANTIC DR

A-1 Handyman

4704 Eddystone St

A-1 Installations, LLC

8612 Linton Hall Road

A-1 PLASTER & DRYWALL INC

2304 LAFAYETTE BLVD

A-Pro Renovation

1629 K St. NW
Washington

A-Z Home Service

5754 Lichenbark Cir

A.C. PAINTING

203 old macdonald rd #538

A1A Inc.

229 Menefee Ln

A2Z Design2build

20014 appledowre circle

AAA Home Improvement

6400 Bells Mill Rd

AAC REMODELING

1540 Maurice Dr

AAction Home Repairs

8324 Veterans Hwy

ABE-Remodeling Co

5006 Garrett Ave

ABL Painting

8003 Chanute Pl

ABOVE ALL DRY WALL INC

11335 NEVETS PL

Absolute Flooring

897 Highams Ct

Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct

AC Remodeling Inc

4 Goodport Ln

ACA Contracting

5500 Holmes Run Parkway Suite C4

Academy Remodeling

8208 Wahly Dr

Accents Painting Plus Inc

12416 Pretoria Dr

Acclaim Construction LLC

7865 Wintercress lane

Ace Remodeling

P.O. Box 5935

ACORN RENOVATIONS

1030 ASHE ST

Acosta Consulting LLC

5165 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington

Action Decor LLC

9605 Watkins Rd

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

Acute building construction, llc

2017 Vermont Ave NW
Washington

ACV Home Improvement LLC

6748 Jenny Leigh Ct

Adam Contracting LLC

8811 Sudley Rd

Adams Custom Painting LLC

7666 Summerfield Hills Dr

Adan Painting

9545 Blake Ln

Adela Construction

10319 Westlake Dr

ADM Contracting

3003 Flat Meadow Ct

Advanced Carpentry LLC

1740 Whitfield Ct

ADVANCED CONTRACTING INC

34301 WILLIAMS GAP RD.

Affinity Painting

10241 Roberts Common Lane

AFFORDABLE DRY WALL

15309 WATERS EDGE CT

AG Construction

15733 Cherry Blossom Ln

ALL COLORS CONTRACTORS

19402 Kildonan Drive

All Eco Center

2662 University Blvd W

All Plumbing Inc

921 N Jackson St.

All Pro Contracting

4918 9th st nw
Washington

All Renovations Inc

6920B Braddock Rd

All Season Painting, Inc.

8504 Ardwick Ardmore Rd.

ALL SEASON`S CONTRACTOR

3510 PEAR TREE CT

ALLNONE

1617 CHERRY HILL RD

Almighty & Co LLC

81 Laurel Mills Road.

Alzate Painting

2114 Lanier Dr

Alzate Painting LLC

2114 Lanier Dr

AM REMODELING LLC

532 WALKER ST

Amarc Solutions

40820 Woodside Place

Amazing Contractors LLC

5404 Littleford St

amco contractors

5583 Harrington Falls Ln

Amercians Choice Services

11213 Smithfield Rd

American Home Innovations LLC

2508 North Chambliss St

American Home Performance LLC

2512 Windy Oak Court

AMERICAN HOME SERVICES

34 Shining Willow Way

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Windows & Siding

5609-D Sandy Lewis Dr

americans choice services

11213 smithfeild rd

Americas Best Contractor

2972 Ps Business Center Dr

AmeriDECK Ltd.

34 shining willow way Unit 373

Amex Contractors

720 Kennebec Ave

AMGC LLC

18534 Cherry Laurel Lane

AMS Contractors

4811 Rim Rock Rd

AMS HOME IMPROVEMENT

2517 Oakenshield Dr

AMS Home Remodeling LLC

6755 Greatnews Ln

ANB Telecom & Electric, LLC

11023B Villaridge Ct.

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Androconst LLC

5268 G Nicholson Ln.

ANDY'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

6829 SILVER ANN DRIVE

APEX PAINTING LLC

42750 NATIONS ST

Apex Remodeling Inc

2972 PS Business Center Drive

Appearance Services LLC

4008 Maple Street

ARAS PRO-TECH

8127 15TH Ave. Apt. 101

Arcola Home Improvements Inc

21737 Duck Creek Sq

ARDO Contracting Inc

9693 Gerwig Lane

Area Construction

12339 Folkstone Drive

Aria Flooring LLC

12860 New Hampshire Ave

ARITON ISMAILI

1627 R ST NW
Washington

ARJ Group, Inc.

412 H St NE
Washington

ARK & DOVE DRYWALL

29709 FINCH CT

Arundel Construction

8995 Bridgett Ln

ASA Remodeling

10005 Moore Dr

Ascencios painting

14312 Fairview ln

Associated Craftsmen

7579 Stoney Rum Dr

ASSOCIATES LLC

Washington

AT HOME LLC

9228 SANDY LAKE CIR

At Your Home Services

17716 Crystal Spring Ter

Athruz Inc

12108 Dumfries Rd

Atlas Roofing Co

7311 Highland St

ATR Painting & Remodeling

5912 Cove Landing Rd

Aurora Construction

6633 Wind Ridge Rd

B BURNS CONSTRUCTION

5019 Rodman Rd

B T Martin Contractors

7130 Rock Creek Dr

B&M Painting Inc

92 E. Burr Blvd.

B&W Painting Company

329 Prince George Street

B. N. Style LLC

Near Six Flags

B.A.I Construction

2815 Gibson Oaks dr

B.B.DaSH Contracting

13005 Darnestown Rd

B.I.A. CONTRACTORS LLC

3206 ANNANDALE RD

Baldwin Remodeling LLC

2234 Hidden Retreat Trl

Bankster International

911 6th ST NE Unit#1
Washington

Barbera Contractors llc

26310 Johnson Dr

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463
Washington

Barrier Construction, LLC

4515 Aspen Hill Road

BARTHOLOW DRYWALL CO INC

10517 SUMMIT AVE

Basement Detective

3310 Clayborne Ave

Basement Masters

1680 E Gude Dr

Bath & Kitchen Showroom

12104 Wilkins Ave

Bath Plus Kitchen Remodeling

2987 District Ave #418

Bathroom Remodeling Maryland

401 * Russell ave #105

BCS LLC

P.O Box 1154

Beauchain Builders Inc

15 Barnswallow Ct

Beautiful Home Services

18909 Fisher Ave

Beautiful Kitchens and Bath

2015 Chaneyville Rd

Bedrock Construction LLC

22432 Germanna Hwy.

Begue General Contractors Inc

20628 Middlecreek Ct

Belart Contracting LLC

3361 Annandale rd

Bella Casa LLC

14216 Long Green Dr

Benitez Contractors LLC

5257 Buckeystown Pike

Benitez General Contractor

6225 Summer Pond DR

berj kalayjian

4323 madison st

Betty List

2703 MEMORIAL STREET

Beyond Exteriors

14524-E Lee Rd

BFC Contractors Inc.

1720 Clay Hammond Rd.

BHI

154 SCOTT DR

Bianco Design and Build Corp

8225 Crackling Fire Dr

Bicknell Painting Inc

11092-A Lee Hwy

BIELSKI DESIGN & BUILD INC

1800 Diagonal Road

Bill's Handyman Service

14713 Crenshaw Dr

Blue Bay Construction

108 E Maple Ave

Blue Print Development Group

936 T St NW
Washington

Blue Ribbon Contracting

7317 James Madison Highway

BM Home Improvement, LLC

8458 WOODLAWN STREET

BMC Group Inc

9824 Sudley Manor Dr

BMC PAINTING, INC

11439 MONTERREY DR

BMFS Creations

2264 Cocquina Dr.

BNS Contracting

8308 Selsted

Bob 4 Hire

13001 Buccaneer Rd

Bonn Group America Inc

1629 K St NW
Washington Dc

Bowen Remodeling and Design

2146 Priest Bridge Ct Ste 2

Bowie Kitchen and Bath

10805 lanham severn rd

bowie restoration, inc

7694 Dorchester Blvd Apt 623

Boyles Home Services

308 Palmspring Dr

BP Home Improvement LLC

251 S Reynolds st apt 319

Brad4Cad LLC

5657 Utrecht Rd

Bradwell Painting Service

6187 Old Brentford Ct

BRIDGES DRY WALL INC

5711 INDUSTRY LN

BRIGGS PAINTING & GUTTERING CO. INC.

14208 PLEASANT MEADOW CT.

Broncos Drywall

4713 Montgomery Pl

Brook Custom Remodeling

10114 Oakwood Chase Ct

BRYAN'S PAINTING LLC

111 SHIRLEY SQ SE

Bryans Enterprises Inc

4301 Olley Lane

BSP Plastering Inc

2800 Mosby St

Budget Bath

2160 East Joppa

Building Services Group LLC

1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Bull Run Kitchen & Bath

11696 Sudley Manor Dr

Burley Construction

814 Rustic Lane

Burns Contracting Inc

42750 Nations Street

C & R ACUNA INC

8318 SYRACUSE CIR

C H I S INC

7482 LAUREL OAK CT

C M Wright Construction Inc

20406 Shore Harbour Dr

C&C Carpentry Svc. Inc.

5742 Dunster ct #72

C&K Painting Services

4528 Massaponax Church Road

C&Painting LLC

3906 bel pre rd

C&R Painting

18904 Fountain Hills Dr

C- VERN INC.

1423 H Street N.E.
Washington

C-CON Inc

7646 Fullerton Rd

C-N-S Remodeling

4105 Duke St

C.B.S. Enterprises LLC

904 Princess Anne St

C.C.I llc

3804 Perry St.

C.E.B. Services, LLC

341 Ritenour St

C.R. Contracting LLC

9107 Paloma Ln

Campos Contracting LLC

8501 Richmond Hwy Lot #2

CAPITAL DRYWALL

163 LITTLE WHIM RD

CAPITAL INTERIORS

2912 Fox Mill Manor Dr

Capitol Kitchen & Bath

2840 Hartland Rd

Cardinal Contractors

18078 Purvis DR unit A

CARDINAL PAINTING INC

8410 LUNSFORD RD

CARL'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlito's Painting

7017 Sydenstricker Rd

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr
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