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Popcorn Ceiling Removal
updated: Oct 16, 2012, 12:14 PM

I'm looking for someone to remove my popcorn ceiling. Any referrals?

Places People Are Talking About:

Entech Pat Grace

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 331953 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 12:47 PM

You have to be very careful with popcorn ceilings. 80% of them contain asbestos, and only a qualified asbestos-removal outfit can deal with that.

You must first get your ceiling tested to see its asbestos content. Call any local paint store and they should be able to put you in touch with someone who is qualified to test your ceiling.

However, if your ceiling does NOT contain (more than 2%) asbestos, then I highly recommend John Bylund. (Lic# 975089). His phone number is 805-886-8482.


 COMMENT 331957 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 12:53 PM

We used Entech on a closet that had asbestos in the popcorn ceiling and on our old heating ducts that were wrapped in asbestos containing insulation. They were great and used all the proper precautions to not spread the stuff throughout the house. Also, proper disposal is essential if it is asbestos. It is quite pricey if there is asbestos.


 COMMENT 331959 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 12:58 PM

Put some butter and salt on it and that should do the trick!


 COMMENT 331962P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 01:07 PM



Asbestos is greatly dependent upon when the texture was manufactured. If you know that detail it should identify how likely it is that you need to take special precautions.

As noted in the above links you can scrape a small amount off and send it to an EPA certified lab for testing.

Hope the links are helpful, sorry I don't have an actual referral.


 COMMENT 331971 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 01:27 PM

Plastic the floor and furniture, wet it with a garden sprinkler and scrape with a custom scraper with a bag attachment (or even just a drywall taping knife). The asbestos scare is another media fabrication like the black mold scare (99.9% of the time, it's just mildew) that really only applies to those working in the asbestos mining industry. If you keep it wet and bag it tight, no fibers will get into the air. Another possibility if you're that worried? Either drywall over with 1/4" or even just drywall compound.


 COMMENT 331976P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 01:35 PM

I drywalled over mine.


 COMMENT 331980 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 01:42 PM

I left mine and it looks great! haha. I figure it will come back in style in another 20 years, so I thought I'd save the cash since I was told it would be about $3k for someone to come do it.


 COMMENT 331989 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 01:50 PM

My house was built 1965 off Walnut near the bike path. No asbestos. We were able to wet it and it scraped off easily. One room was harder because I had painted it. Just do not scrape with force or it might damage the drywall.

It is easier to have someone else do it but I was a woman who liked projects.


 COMMENT 332002 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 02:21 PM

331971 - Well then that media can sure do some serious fabrication, because over half a million people a year die from mesothelioma.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to NOT get asbestos fibers in the air if you are scraping your ceiling. CANNOT be done. Do NOT listen to 331971. Do NOT do this yourself unless you are certain there is no asbestos (which in MOST cases there is).


 COMMENT 332008 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 02:33 PM

The real joke is how "non friable" asbestos is handled after all the packaging, double bagging, dump and hauling permits


 COMMENT 332012 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 02:38 PM

We dry walled over ours and it looks fabulous. No mess. We had Thomas drywall do it. It was no more than removal.


 COMMENT 332029P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 02:57 PM

There is only one guy that I would have do this (and did) - Pat Grace. Nicest guy you ever want to meet, trusted him with my home (he's super clean). He'll remove acoustic fluff, plaster to smooth surface, but he won't paint. Remove this stuff is tres messy, and you want to employ someone that knows what they are doing.

Pat Grace is that guy!


 COMMENT 332071 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 04:08 PM

Wow, speaking of fabrication ...

About 3,000 people per year die from mesothelioma, not half a million.


 COMMENT 332090 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 04:41 PM

You'd have to scrape 100's of ceilings to even be considered at risk for mesothelioma...only those working with it daily are at risk which is why they demand the contractors take such draconian precautions. Yes, wet and scrape, then a skim coat of mud. After you paint the ceiling and walls, and finish the floor, you'd never know there was such "dangerous" stuff lurking on your ceiling. You're arms might ache after scraping, but it's an easy job. LOL about black mold comparison...everyone loses except the big winners are Entech and Servicemaster.


 COMMENT 332110 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-16 04:59 PM

@953, where do you get your stats to say that 80% contain asbestos. That's simply not true.

@071, it's actually less than 3,000 per year who die from mesothelioma. Less than 2,000 are diagnosed in any given year and about 900 a year die.

Not insignificant, by any extent, but not even close to some of the estimates here.


 COMMENT 332438P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 01:26 PM

We were told it would be so expensive to remove the asbestos popcorn ceiling because of the Hazmat suits, special non-dust removal, dumping fees, etc. that the best approach would be to have it well sealed, then plaster over it.


 COMMENT 332538 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 03:32 PM

Another vote for Pat Grace. Respectful, experienced drywall contractor who can have your ceiling scraped and replaced in a jiffy. He can probably recommend a painter as well.


 COMMENT 332603 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 05:53 PM

I'm a General Contractor who has employed and also worked alongside Pat Grace on two different jobs. A finer person, and good worker, would be hard to find. He does great drywall work too- both new and repairs.

Don't hesitate to call him- his name is in the book and the News Press Classifieds regularly. Thumbs up all the way.


 COMMENT 513922 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-25 11:40 AM

I scraped our ceiling myself and then hired Pat Grace and his son to smooth it with plaster and make it pretty. They were friendly, respectful, fairly priced, and did quality work. I definitely recommend them!



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