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Luis Baltodano is owner of Baltodano’s Drywall, a Diamond Certified company since 2015. He can be reached at (925) 233-6250 or by email.

Luis Baltodano

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Luis Baltodano: Stepping Toward Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

BRENTWOOD — When Luis Baltodano got his first job out of high school, he didn’t know he was taking his first step toward a long-term career. “After high school, I needed a job, so I just started calling around to different companies in the Bay Area,” he recounts. “Eventually, I found work with a small drywall company in the East Bay. I started as a laborer, worked my way up to being a taper and eventually became a journeyman drywall finisher. After working for a couple of different companies, I decided I was ready to do my own thing and started my own drywall business.”

Today, as owner of Baltodano’s Drywall, Luis cites multiple things he enjoys about his job. “I like helping clients with their projects and educating them about what we do. I also like being my own boss—it’s a big responsibility, but it’s very rewarding.”

Originally from Nicaragua, Luis came to the United States in 2000 and resides today in Antioch with his wife, Concepcion, and their two children. Outside of work, he spends most of his free time staying active. “I weight train daily at home and play soccer on the weekends,” he details. “I also like being involved in my kids’ sports activities. For example, my daughter does boxing, so I enjoy supporting her in that.” Additionally, Luis and his family enjoy going camping a few times each year.

In regard to his professional career, Luis espouses the importance of respecting clients and their homes through on-the-job cleanliness. “A lot of drywall companies don’t think about cleanliness, but it can make a big difference in terms of customer satisfaction,” he explains. “That’s why we make a point of keeping a clean worksite and take extra measures to protect each customer’s home and property. It all comes down to treating the customer’s house like it was our own.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Real Madrid C.F.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: La Pinãta in Pittsburg.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “The King of Queens.”

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Nachos.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: The 4th of July, because we usually go camping that weekend.

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Tips for Drywall Repair


BRENTWOOD — From relocated electrical outlets to damage caused while moving furniture, there are many scenarios that require drywall repair. If you’re planning to patch an area of drywall in your home, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the… Read more

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Video: How to Fill a Gap with Drywall

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BRENTWOOD — Host, Sarah Rutan: To fill in the wall gap around a newly installed electrical outlet, you’ll need to know the proper technique. Today we’re in Brentwood… Read more

Young Moon is owner of Green Brush Painting Company, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 782-4993 or by email.

Young Moon

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Young Moon: Business-Minded

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA —Just a couple of years into his painting career, Young Moon felt primed to start his own business. “Back in 2006, I had just returned from South Korea and didn’t have a career lined up,” he recounts. “My brother-in-law was a painter and he recommended I learn the trade, so I decided to give it a shot. I got a job working for his previous boss and worked for him for the next two years. While I enjoyed painting, I eventually came to realize that I preferred the business side of things to the actual hands-on work. This made me think I should start my own painting business. With a little help from my brother-in-law, I got everything set up and started Green Brush Painting Company in 2009.”

Today, Young says his favorite part of his job is the variety. “I like the fact that I get to meet a lot of different people and work in a lot of different homes. I’m very interested in architecture, so it’s neat to see the various designs of the houses I work in, from the old to the new.”

Originally from South Korea, Young resides today in Santa Clara with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing at home and taking his family on occasional trips to North Lake Tahoe.

In regard to a professional philosophy, Young espouses the importance of communication. “Communication is a crucial part of customer service,” he affirms. “That’s why I make it a point to communicate a lot with my customers, both at the beginning of the project and after it’s completed. If the customer is unhappy about an aspect of the work, I’ll reach out, find out what the issue is and make sure it gets addressed in a timely manner. People really appreciate that kind of responsiveness, so I think it goes a long way toward ensuring customer satisfaction.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Young says he’d book an extended vacation. “I don’t go on many long vacations because of my job—mostly I just do weekend trips. So, if I retired, I’d go on a month-long vacation to Europe, or maybe to South Korea to visit family. Either one sounds great to me.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What was your first job?

A: I was actually a hair designer for a short time. That was where I learned that I didn’t like staying in the same place all day. That’s one of the things I like about painting—I’m in a new place every day.

Q: Coffee or tea?

A: Coffee.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Dubai.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: An early bird.

Q: Music or talk radio?

A: Music.

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Spot Texturing With Drywall


SANTA CLARA — Preparation is a key aspect of any painting project, and interior jobs are no exception. In addition to priming and taping off seams and corners, a painter needs to repair any damage to the wall’s surface. While this can… Read more

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Video: Choosing a Painting Company

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SANTA CLARA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a contractor to paint your house, you’ll want to make a well-informed decision. Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond… Read more

Curtis Kapple is a veteran drywall contractor and owner of Kapple Drywall, a Diamond Certified company since 2015. He can be reached at (707) 387-4024 or by email.

Curtis Kapple

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Curtis Kapple: Mud and Numbers

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

EL VERANO — Every kid likes to play with mud, but for Curtis Kapple, this took on a whole different meaning. “My father was a drywall contractor and started teaching me the trade when I was about five years old,” he explains. “By the time I was 10, I was mudding and taping, and by age 14, I was doing finish work. I spent all my weekends and summers throughout high school working full-time.”

After high school, Curtis went to college and studied accounting, but the idea of spending his workdays at a desk didn’t appeal to him, so after graduating, he returned to the trade he knew. “I stuck with drywall for a couple of reasons,” he explains. “Number one, I already had experience, so I could start back up as a journeyman and make a nice income. Number two, I couldn’t sit still when I was that age, so being cooped up in a cubicle all day just wasn’t going to happen.”

Even though he never became an accountant, Curtis’ college education nonetheless gave him an advantage in his professional livelihood. “A lot of drywall contractors are really good at drywall, but they struggle when it comes to the numbers and paperwork,” he says. “My experience with accounting really helped me in that regard because it gave me an edge over my competitors.”

Today, as owner of Kapple Drywall, Curtis says he enjoys the varied and fast-paced nature of his work. “I like the fact that we’re on different jobsites all the time. Usually, we’re in and out within two or three weeks, so we get to see a lot of different homes and meet a lot of different people, which keeps things interesting.”

Born and raised in Marin County, Curtis resides today in Sonoma County, where he appreciates the ample opportunities to demonstrate his professional proficiency. “I like that there are a lot of high-end homes in this area because it provides us with a lot of work,” he says. “Not only is the money good, but the customers are looking for quality, so it really gives us a chance to shine at what we do.”

Outside of work, Curtis engages in a number of active hobbies and pastimes. “I go to the gym regularly and I’m an avid golfer—I actually have a single digit handicap,” he says. “I also love to go fishing and crabbing in my boat. In just the last couple of weeks, I’ve been steelhead fishing in the Russian River and sturgeon fishing in the bay.” Another of Curtis’ favorite pastimes is working with his hands. “I love doing projects, whether it’s working on my house or on one of my boats. It’s like my therapy.”

In his life and career, Curtis espouses the importance of professional integrity. “Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s how you handle your mistakes that determines what kind of person you are,” he asserts. “You don’t walk away from your mistakes—you take care of them. As long as you do that, customers will hire you, because they know that, no matter what, you’re going to make things right.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Curtis says he’d devote more time to the activities he currently enjoys. “I’d still go to the gym, golf and go fishing. I’d also probably do some more traveling.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Angler West.” It’s a fishing show.

Q: If you could live in the city or the country, which would you choose?
A: The country—I like having some land and enough space to store my toys.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Antiques, coins and old fishing gear.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My hammer.

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Three Types of Drywall Compound


EL VERANO — If you’re planning a drywall project, one important consideration is the type of compound or “mud” you plan to use. Drywall compound comes in a few different classes, so it’s crucial to choose the right product for the… Read more

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Video: Differentiating Quality with Drywall Mud

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EL VERANO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning a drywall project in your home, you’ll want to be aware of the different types and grades of… Read more