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was punctual and professional, thorough and friendly. He covered my hardwood floors, furnishings and windows with drop cloths and plastic" to prevent them from being covered with plaster dust. The finished plaster was well done. He went above and beyond. I highly recommend

-Amy B.

was awesome. Very professional and great at what he does. I had several big holes in several walls. Different sizes and reasons for" the holes. (boys) I really appreciated the fact that it was a small job and Mr.
did not hesitate to say yes. When he was here I added several thinks to the list. He had no problem with the additional work and did it that day. His price was fantastic and the finished product was excellent. Would certainly like to hire in the future.

-peg H.

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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.

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Plastering, Painting - Interior

Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we’re pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage? – Sara S., Elgin, Illinois

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My sister-in-law uses brite white toothpaste and rubs it into those small holes. No prep, no sanding.

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. 


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.


Plaster reviews in Washington DC


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was kind enough to come do the first job very last minute. He showed up on time and did a great job making my entry look good as new. The second job he was a little late to start but no big deal. He's been doing this a very long time and really understands how to achieve a great look when working with Stucco. I would definitely hire him again.
- David C.

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presents himself professionally, has 20 years of experience, answers all questions and does a really professional job. I was expecting dust and some debris but his second visit to sand/finish left virtually none. Highly recommend him.
- Sarah F.

I have had bad luck with contractors and was hoping for the best with my first Angie's List try.
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said he would be here at 9:00 in the morning. At 8:45, the phone rang and I thought, "oh, great, he's going to cancel." No, he was calling to say he was stuck in traffic and would be fifteen minutes late. I have had contractors who don't show up for days and don't call you. The drywall repair was done quickly, methodically and even with a twist: they don't use the typical dust creating "mud."
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mixes a quick drying mixture that dries in a few minutes and does require sanding for painting. The result was great. The price was fair and he is a very nice fellow. He even patched a hole in the wall that wasn't in the bid for free. We highly recommend him.
- Valerie K.

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responded fast to my initial inquiry and came out the same day to do an estimate. He is very clean and taped off edges and corners and put down paper to capture dust and debris and cleaned up afterwards.
He did the job very fast and professionally. He addressed my concerns and worked to make me happy. His price was very competitive. I highly recommend him and would use him again.
- Michael A.

I contacted had several firms to get estimates to do this work. The folks at Stow responded promptly gave a clear estimate and explained the work needed in a clear and understandable manner. They were the most responsive, available and price competitive of the firms I spoke with. Once we were able to set up the appointment, they showed up on time, worked the full day and with the minimum of dust or distraction. They completed the job when promised and the work was done expertly. I am very pleased with their services and would happily have them back again.
- Ronald G.

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provided helpful advice on the project when first discussing with him. Even though he was very busy he called back the same day. We were attempting to rehab a 3rd floor bedroom with an old horsehair ceiling and walls.
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gave us several options and the pros and cons of each. Once we decided on the plan he was able to fit us in to his busy schedule. He is clearly a master of his craft and his attention to detail was impressive. Ceiling and walls came out beautiful. The cleanup was great as well as the room was perfectly cleaned without any damage to the hardwood floors. As a major bonus
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(without any mention from us) happened to have an antique porcelin doorknob that matched the doors in the rest of our 115 year old house and installed it for no charge when he noticed the ugly mismatched doorknob in the room. That was a huge surprise as I had been looking for a matching doorknob for many months online and in shops around Boston with no luck.
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was a pleasure to work with and would hire him again in a second.

Overall the re-plastering job is very good.
Before we signed the contract with G&B, the communication between us and G&B is very good. Both sides understand what's the job is and the responsibilities too.
The job was done very efficiently. It took about one week. Their different crew came and worked on their tasks. G&B informed us what's going on and what's we expected in the next step.
The very important part is that the start-up instruction was sent to us before the job was done. So, we can keep working on it.
The pool looks beautiful now.
They provides 5 years warranty. Hopefully, we don't have a
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to us it.
- Donglu X.

Exceptional work. Plaster repair matched the old textured wall. Ceiling starburst looks great too. Nail board patches blend into the wall. Very happy with the work!
- Sherron L.

Plastering Contractors in Washington DC

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5th Gen Group

8704 Garfield Street

A-Pro Renovation

1629 K St. NW



Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct

Acute building construction, llc

2017 Vermont Ave NW

All Eco Center

2662 University Blvd W

All Pro Contracting

4918 9th st nw

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Anthony Holley

1109 19th Street, NE

Arco Painting & Remodeling LLC

14405 Innsbruck Court

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463

BSP Plastering Inc

2800 Mosby St

C&Painting LLC

3906 bel pre rd

Capital Housecraft

PO Box 92315

Capitol Hill Contractors LLC

1818 New York Avenue NE


9710 Capitol View Avenue


4101 Waterbuck Way

Chesapeake Kitchen Design

4622 Wisconsin Avenue NW


7722 Whiterim Ter


12815 Folly Quarter Rd


5283 Corporate Dr Ste 100

Commercial Management Services

3900 Watson Place, NW Suite #G3B

Cook & Sons LLC

1833 Jackson St NE

Creative Design Contractors, LLC

902 K Street NE

CRG Remodeling

1141 5th Street Northeast



Danny's Painting

7017 Aronow Dr

Dusty's Painting Plus

3104 Sedgwick Lane

Eco construction

138 Forrester St SW

Eco Construction


Edge Energy

6854 Distribution Dr

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW


5483 Harris Farm Ln

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

George's Painting Inc

1009 Brill Way

GF Drywall

1908 N Capital St NW
Washington D.C.

GMG Services Corp

7138 Little River Turnpike

GO Contractors Group LTD

2619 Kensington Blvd

Handyman At Your Command

4938 Hampden Lane

Hankins Construction

235 Gallatin St NW


1323 Buchanan ST NW

House Doctors

3308 Mt Vernon Ave

Hömm Certified Painting Systems

6192 "A" Old Franconia Rd




4328 Hugh Bennett Dr

Impact Construction And Consulting LLC

3512 36th St NW

Innovative Inc

3001 16th rd.

Intex Plastering

1111 Army Navy Dr.

J & R Construction Services

6357 31st Pl NW

JCabido Remodeling

11502 Nevis Dr


6860compton heights cir.

Jeeves Handyman Services

21515 Waters Discovery Terrace

JW Home Improvement

1390 Chain Bridge Rd

Kargmans Inc

10429 Reisterstown Rd

KingCaire Construction

10111 Pierce Dr

Kustom Floors LLC

8901 Kensington Parkway

Lemus Contracting Inc

8206 Spruance Ct

Leon Pro Services

579 Nolview Ct

Leska Restoration LLC

4330 Linthicum Rd

Liberty Painting

751 South Florida St # 4

Loayes Painting

PO Box 1201

Lofft Construction Inc

616 Kennedy St NW

Lomar Painting Co

20778 Steamside Place

Longobardi and Associates LLC

1401 14th St NW

Magna Construction

2405 Benning Rd NE

Manor Works Painting

404 Browning Ct.

Mario Brothers

19200 Mateny Hill Rd

Matt Engel

P.O. Box 5543

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr

Millennium Usa Painting LLC

5226 8th Rd S Apt 6

Mr. Fix-It

10 Old Bonifant Rd

Nova Exteriors Inc

204 Mill St NE


7000 Maple Ave

Omar's General Contracting

3705 Plyers Mill Rd

Orbe Construction

19114 Old Baltimore Rd

Oryx Contractors LLC

3010 Wisconsin Ave
Washington Dc

Painting by Rick & Company

722 E. Market Street/ 420 Rock Hall Farm Lane



Potts Brothers LLC

6560 Backlick Rd


22821 Silverbrook Center Dr Ste 105

Privado & Wurtz


Pro Home Services

7301 Mill Run Dr


3356 6th Street SE 201

RM Decorating

2437 Jones Lane



Rumialdy Development, LLC

1815 Monroe St.N.E.

Safari Investment

301 G Street NE #14

Savant Contractors INC

1624 A Street NE

Scott Hunter Design

335 13th St SE

Select Kitchen & Bath

5217 Lonsdale Dr

Solution Painting Inc

3813 Kendale Road

Something Different Contracting

2010 Evarts St NE

SST Cabinets & Remodeling

6205 Park Terrace


10394 Willa Mae Ct

Taylor McDuffie Development & Contracting LLC

1920 Martin Luther King Ave

Tech Painting Co

1406 B Leslie Ave

Terrific Paperhanging

11161 Yellow Leaf Way

The Gorham Development Group

902 K Street NE

Thomas Martins

15045 Clementine Way

University Painters

12587 Fair Lakes Circle

VR Painting Services LLC

805 Gallop Hill Rd.

Wall to Wall Construction, Inc

1101 30th St NW



Willis Builders Inc

14621 Brougham Way

Woodlands Home Improvement & Contracting

1050 Connecticut Ave NW

YCR Construction Inc

1426 Flagship Dr

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