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Seeking recommendations for Drywall work
I am looking to hire someone for Drywall work in my house.
It's existing drywall in my staircase that needs to be
sanded & primed. Does anyone have any recommendations for
Drywall people..?? Thanks..
My husband and I recommend Robin O'Donnell (510-649-1501)
for his excellent job in sheet rocking, finding and
replacing/repairing dry rot in our 1923 bungalow, and
rewiring the ceiling light fixture's wiring. It's the best
the stairwell and bedroom have looked since 1923! Robin is
very professional, punctual, thorough, and pleasant to have
Need a good, detail oriented plasterer
I thought I'd seen a rave review for a plasterer on this site, but I can't find it.
We have cracked and buckling lathe and plaster walls from earthquakes and
from having our house leveled. Does anyone have a recommendation for a
good, detail oriented plasterer? Reasonably priced? Or a good painter who
plasters? But mostly we need these walls fixed.
Living in the Adams famiy house
I would highly recommend Patrick Griffin - mobile (510)
693-5116. He and his crew are fast, well priced and
produce high-quality work. We had him replaster our lath
and plaster style walls (vs. today's current drywall).
Don't be taken aback by his ''interesting'' communication
style - he may seem totally with it but he comes through
and the work is great.
We loved working with Carlotta Grochowski, aka ''the mud
queen.'' (415) 585-5121 She is based in SF, but works in
the East Bay. Personable, knowledgeable, reasonable ;-)
Hate to skim coat
We would highly recommend Antelmo Prestegui at (415)
424-3186. He did beautiful repair and replastering work for
nearly every room of our 1904-era house.
Fixing cracked lath and plaster is one of his specialties,
as well as painting and many other handyman tasks. Very
reasonable, reliable, and trustworthy.
Please e-mail us if you would like more references. Antelmo
has worked for many of our friends and neighbors as well.
Ted and Sally
I know a wonderful plasterer who can do anything from traditional venetian
plaster to environmentally friendly mud plasters and anything else you
need. He is not the typical contractor from my experience. He takes
seriously - although he does have to take ordering products into account.
a good worker and easy to have around.
His name is Jesse Butterfield.
ph 510 672 0152
try will perez at perez construction. excellent rates great
Drywaller for Laundry Room
I've searched the archives but haven't found any recent
recommendations to complete a small drywalling project. I
need some old drywall & plaster removed, and then the
whole thing redone. It's a fair sized room, but still a
small project by drywalling standards. Thanks for your
We have recently used Chuck Below of Norstar Construction
for several plaster/drywall projects and he is wonderful. He
is a licensed contractor and his work is meticulous. His
prices are reasonable and he is honest and trustworthy.
Chuck Below, 510 333-9399.
for handyman/building projects, we've had great results with
perez construction. excellent quality work, reasonable
rates, nice guy, a pleasure to work with. they can handle
anything from small projects to entire remodels. try will
When I have a maintenance/repair/upgrade project like he
drywall one, I've been calling on Glen Larsen. He and his
partner, Juan, have proven so reliable, capable and
cost-effective, that I just call and hand over my keys.
Example: I was out of town in October when a plumbing mess
occurred in a rental property I own. I called Glen, who
arranged for a great plumber, and then came in to repair the
plaster and repaint the ceiling below the bathroom. He ended
doing other small jobs for the tenants who live there as well.
I have a perfect person for you for your drywall job. He
is an expert. He went to school for 4 years just to learn
how to remove and install drywall. He was a union worker
for drywall for many years. Now he has his own business
called Golden Hands and He and his workers do all kind of
home construction and remodeling. You can call him at 510-
333-5465 or 510-289-2757 His name is Eladio.
I feel so comfortable recommending this person to you and
you will be very happy with his work and attitude.
Retexture lath and plaster walls
I'm looking for a painter that can retexture our lath and plaster
walls. Our house was built in the 1920's and it looks like they
just slapped on the texture. I'm not sure how to go about smoothing
down the walls, but I'm so tired of how it looks.
I don't know exactly how you get rid of the texture, but I
think you can either do new sheet rock or plaster existing
walls. I have a wonderful painter that does do plaster. She's
fair, has a great team and I highly recommend her.
Patricia Dunne of Dunne Painting 415-516-8445.
Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973 is the solution for you! Petros, the
owner from Greece, is very talented. He specializes
in smoothing and re-texturing walls. You are left with beautiful
results! It totally transforms the look of you home. Check out
the website athenspaintingco.com. for samples.
I had a situation just like yours and I hired Arana Residential
and Commercial Painting. They did such a beautiful job.
Retexturing old plaster took a lot of steps and it required a
lot of sanding. They handled the whole thing efficiently and
kept the dust to a minimum. What I was most impressed with was
how clean and orderly they left everything, not to mention the
Their number is 510-567-9559
Re: Remodeller needed to sheetrock ceilings
Bought a great old house that needs lots of work. Just had most
of the ceilings sheetrocked and Ron Bermudez did an amazing job --
so good that the painter went on and on about how great the work
is. Smooth finish in the kitchen (that's where the painter really
'oohhed' and 'ahhed') and a light skip-trial finish in the other
rooms to blend with the plaster texture on the walls. Painter kept
commenting on how this is becoming a lost art, that only the old
pros know how to do it really well. Really reasonable cost, too.
If you need sheetrock/plaster repairs, I recommend Ron Bermudez, JR
Drywall, (650) 992-3839, (510) 985-0080.
Someone to complete a sheetrock job
We are looking for someone to complete a sheetrock job for us
and haven't seen any reviews for just that kind of work, when we
looked through the archives. Does anyone have any recent great
experiences with someone they'd love to recommend? We are
looking for someone good at what they do, good at listening and
communicating with us and trustworthy.
Been burned already and cautious
Alejandro Morales and his crew of brothers do lathe and plaster,
stucco and drywall. He is not only honest and trustworthy, he
also does good work at a competetive price. He can be reached at
510-224-6969. - good luck
Want to smooth textured plaster walls
We have a 1940's home and are looking to resurface the walls.
Currently they are plaster and we would like them to be smooth.
There are 3 rooms total that need to be done.
Hoping to update
I really Recommend Castro Contruction Company. THe owner is very nice
and listen to you. He just finish our interior drywall, it is
excellent. He has very competitive price and show up on time. If he
cannot show up, he will call (where can you get contractor like
that!!!). His number is 415-871-5927, name Castro.
Repair cracked lathe and plaster walls
Our lathe and plaster walls were quite badly damaged in last
summer's earthquake - we have cracks that run the span of the
room in several places, and I think we have several spots that
may require sheetrocking in addition to repairing plaster.
Does anyone have any recommendations for people that could do the
work at a semi-reasonable price? I'm hoping to have them do the
painting as well, if we're not completely broke by the end of the
plaster repair... Carrie
My 1930's home had sections of lath and plaster coming down in
some areas as well as extensive cracking. He came in and
repaired the damage and I haven't had any trouble with it
since. It was nice because he did all the work including the
painting. He did a thorough job on all the work for a fair and
reasonable price. I can recommend Glen Larsen as a good
contractor for this type of work. His number is 510-232-9122.
I've heard consistently positive things about Foggs Lath &
Plaster for stucco work, waterproofing and plaster work,
including some really beautiful venetian plaster. THey are
Diamond Certified and work in Marin, SF and the East Bay. I don't
have their number off hand but the website is
Foggslathandplaster.com. Good luck!
Plaster to work on cracks from earthquake?
We had extensive damage to our home in an earthquake a few months
ago, and have realized the damage is beyond our DIY abilities.
Can you recommend a plasterer who can work on the myriad of
cracks in our home, some large, some small? The walls are lathe
and plaster, and some are just cracks, but other parts will
likely need to be filled with drywall or the like. Like
everyone, we'd like someone who is reliable, does quality work,
but is reasonably priced, and works in the Oakland area. Any
I just recently had re-plastering done on my living room, which
had multiple multiple cracks on the ceilings and walls. I
couldn't recommend anyone more highly than the man who did the
job. He also re-plastered 4 of the ceilings in my sisters home
a few years ago. My living room looks brand new! I don't know
if he's cheap or not, as I didn't compare. His name is Armando
and the company is Armando Plastering in San Pablo. 510)669-
9290. Good luck.
I can highly recommend Armando Plastering. They do interior &
exterior plastering. Armando has a professional crew and is
reasonably priced. They completley plastered our basement (w/
skip trowel technique) and did an excellent job matching our
upstairs plaster. We will have them come back to repair some
old, major cracks that we can't spackle ourselves.
Armando can be reached at (510) 669-9290, cell (510) 517-9511.
I wanted to share a recommendation for a drywaller who just
finished working for us. We're redoing our kitchen and needed a
professional to mud and tape (he doesn't hang, but has contacts
who do). Shujaa (pronounced shoo-jaw) Sumchai did a fabulous job.
He was strikingly responsible, professional, prompt (frankly,
early every single day), and just a nice guy so it was easy to
work with him. It took the same amount of time he said it would
and it cost what he said it would. He kept the space far cleaner
than I expected for drywalling. Most importantly, the quality of
his work was outstanding. Before we painted, we kept going into
the room to marvel at the smooth, beautiful walls he created. We
plan to hire him again for future projects. His number is
Hello All. If you are in need of a REAL Plasterer, I think I have
found your man. I live in a 100+ yo VIC here in Berkeley with the
original lathe and plaster walls. Well some are not in the best
of condition and so I went looking for some one who could do a
true repair and would use the real plaster vs. hotmud, or some
other sheetrock material. His name is Noel and he uses
Structolite and Dimond finish for a beautiful sand free finish. I
wanted a smooth finish and that is what he gave me. As I've done
plaster work myself I know that he did it the correct way. I did
most of the prep work, under his guidance and he came in and did
the plastering. I've completed one rooom and when I move on to
the rest I'll be giving Noel a call again. He runs an add in
Craigslist, but here is his contact info.
Cell 415 368-1809
email noelfitz04 at yahoo.com
His rates were reasonable as well. You can email me if you have
Need to modify drywall for electrical outlets
We've just had a quote for electrical upgrades, but our
electrician may have to cut holes in the drywall of our 1916
home for access to the knob and tube wiring, and we will need a
separate person to repair the drywall and re-paint.
I recently had an entire wall repaired by Robin O'Donnell
(510-649-1501). He did a great job, was reasonably priced and a
pleasure to have around
Plaster over a fireplace
I am looking for someone who can come in and plaster over a fireplace that my husband tore the facade off (and
obviously never finished the job). I also have a couple of other plaster-related jobs--closing up some open
wall (from another unfinished project!), patching the ceiling where we used to have a leak, etc.
I'd like to find someone who has specific experience with plastering, especially fireplaces.
Thanks in advance.
I heartily recommend Richard Spencer of Berkeley Plastering. I've
used his crew for outside stucco and for interior plastering.
His bids have been competitive, his crews are great and probably
the tidiest I've ever had in my home and now I don't even get
bids, I just call Richard.
Berkeley Plastering: 540-0404
We just had some fairly substantial plaster repair done as part
of a remodel. The person our contractor used was Ramon Garcia -
his company name is Textura. He did a fantastic job of
blending the repair work with our existing hand troweled
walls. His phone number is 510-219-9187.
Pleased with Plaster
Our 1925 Oakland hills home sustained rain damage during the New Year's storm. I'm searching for a good plasterer to repair our living room walls and ceiling. There are a few dated recommendations online; I'd love to hear from someone who has had current experience with a competant craftsman or woman. Many thanks. Also looking for someone to replace the crown molding.
I've used Armando Plastering (669 9290)to replaster a Living Room and Dining Room ceiling. He also fixed a number of cracks around windows, doors etc on the walls and the new work blended in really well with existing texture etc. Our walls are textured and he was able to match that. I've also seen work at a friend's where he has done a perfectly smooth plastering finish. Good clean up.
I recently hired Arnulfo Ramos to repair a small section of leak-damaged plaster in my
home. It is difficult to find someone with the skills for such a project, and still
more so to find someone willing to do a small job. Arnulfo and his assistant did an
excellent job, did it quickly, and charged a reasonable rate.
Reid Ochs is a wonderful person, so is his family, and I highly recommend him for drywalling projects or metal framing. His work is detailed, he is super helpful, and has a highly trained crew; he is always very available too. I highly recommend him!
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