Cost to repair plaster

MJsmamaJuly 15, 2005

We have slick wall/plaster and lathe, and are about to commence the demolition portion of a kitchen remodel. The footprint will remain the same, but we anticipate damage to the plaster when removing the old soffit, cabinets and countertops. My husband did drywall every summer in his teens (summer job) so I have him almost convinced he can patch anything that will be covered by a cabinet. He refuses to handle anything visible to the eye because he is intimidated by the slick wall. [Perfectionist doesn't even begin to describe...] How much should I expect to pay to patch/repair, finish the holes for can lights, etc.? Is there a ROUGH hourly/day rate I can look for? I'm not asking for a hard number, as I don't have measurements, number of lights, etc. Would like to know what anyone else paid out there, if willing to disclose. I want to be sure we don't get hosed.

THANKS! :)

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spewey

Bids will vary widely. On a recent repair job I was involved with, bids came in anywhere from $300 to $2500. Check around (and of course, check references, and make sure the exact same specs are given to the contractors).

It's going to depend on the available contractors in your area. Any estimates you get from us are going to be practically worthless.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 2:00PM
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housekeeping

Go take a gander at a big bookstore and locate the latest editions of the Means Construction Estimator books. They publish volumes for residential new construction and for remodeling.

Then you figure out how to factor in your job description, and location and then you'll be able to work out ...... well, a ball park, anyway. But at least it's a jumping off point.

For modest repair jobs, the cost is going to all over the map depending (mostly) on how convenient it would be for the trades to fit it into their other commitments. And with plaster you definitely want to don't want to go with a jack of all trades; you want a skilled plasterer. Almost every area has at least some guys who know how to do this, but it does take digging around to find them. (Ask at masons' supply stores.) Perhaps you'll discover someone who wants to moonlight on such a small job.

Good luck, glass-smooth plaster is a joy to behold, and worth the trouble to keep in good repair.

Molly~

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 6:09PM
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