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Two years ago, my husband and I kept our remodeling budget down by repairing the plaster walls in our dining room ourselves and stripping and painting all the millwork. But we were torn over what to do with the ceiling. The acoustical tiles surely concealed badly failing plaster, but we feared the time, cost, and mess of pulling it down. We compromised with a fresh coat of paint. It bothered us daily. So recently, when we hired a plasterer for some other work, we asked him to do the ceiling, too. Unfortunately, his repairs meant all new carpentry and paint touch-ups where the ceiling meets the walls.

—Deborah Hood, Producer, TOH TV
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