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Crumbling plaster in 1927 bathroom

We are (attempting) to restore a home built in 1927. Our bathroom walls are crumbling! There is no tile around the tubs and showers. It goes straight from the tub to plaster. When it was installed it ...
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Old wall - need help

I have this old wall - over 200 years old. I began to remove old paint. There were about 4 to 5 layers of paint there. The problem is, I can't get the last layer of. It seems to be oil based and the ...
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Lath and Plaster Framing: a Floating 2x4?

I'm putting a bathroom in upstairs. I sistered the joists (red arrows), but there is a 2x4 (blue arrow) laying flat directly above a wall that is between the downstairs office and the dinning room. ...
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repainting old plaster - how much to scrape?

Plaster (~1/4" thick) over wood lath, probably c 1920's. There appear to be 2 coats of paint, possibly 3. The paint had peeled in a few places, at least partly due to water from a long-ago roof ...
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How long does concrete dust take to settle

I'm getting some wiring done and having the electrician chase the new wires. The walls are concrete so I know that this is going to make a huge mess and need serious work after the electrical stuff is ...
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How to find a plastered hole?

I have a small issue. Few months ago my apartment got renovated, and I listed all holes in walls i want to keep for future use. The rest was, depending on depth, filled with concrete or plastered. And ...
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Should custom masonry mixes first be mixed dry?

I am currently doing a small retro plastering job ("retro" because I am in the U.S.). I am mixing masonry sand with lime plaster. The way I do it is make a homogeneous mix of sand and lime while ...
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What kind of walls are these? What hardware should I use to hang up some canvas prints?

I'm looking to hang up some canvas art (already on stretcher bars). However, I don't know what kind of hardware I need to use, because I have no idea what kind of walls they are. They don't seem like ...
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Can POP (Plaster of Paris) and Paint done without waiting

I am undergoing paint in my house and POP at same time. A guy did a POP in most of the rooms. Now after how much time i allow a painter to start doing a putty and paint on it or should they wait for ...
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Covering up ceiling damage

I have just started to paint my kitchen ceiling and the first white coat really showed up some surface damage we hadn't noticed before. It looks like the previous occupiers scuffed their fridge ...
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Has the DPC (damp proof course) failed if moisture is showing above paint?

We have just purchased our first house (hooray) and uncovered a few gremlins the home buyers report failed to pick-up. There was some damp on the wall behind a sofa in one room (which failed to get ...
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Has our new septic tank been properly waterproofed?

We have a new septic tank made of solid stone masonry. The masonry is held together by cement mortar and has been plastered with cement plaster. A professional working on the job has ensured us that ...
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Patching plaster wall

I have a spot on my wall where a significant amount of paint has bubbled up and pealed away revealing the plaster underneath. The total area is about 10 inches wide at the widest point and a couple ...
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Should I remove moulding before adding a plaster ceiling?

We have an 85-year old house with textured ceilings. We had a plasterer advise us to install new plastered ceilings over the old ceiling; if we do so, without removing moulding, the new ceiling will ...
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What products can I use to repair large holes in plaster? [duplicate]

I have a roughly 4'x 3' hole in plaster wall. I've seen few youtube videos about how to repair it, but none of them say what product/mix they use. I've read about using DAP Plaster Wall Patch, but ...
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Sealing inside of external brick wall

We've solid brick, external walls, about 10" thick, and have moisture seeping through. We have plaster on the walls which we'd like to take off to seal the walls inside, then replaster. So far our ...
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Quick repair for cracked wallpapered ceiling

I'm decorating a room on a non existent budget and have a ceiling that has cracked plaster with wallpaper on it which has torn. I can't afford to have it replastered and don't have time to strip it ...
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plaster shower walls, how to do them today?

I have an American 1950's home. It appears the previous owner covered original plaster walls with an inexpensive glue together shower panel system. Most of the homes in the area were built with tile ...
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crumbling exterior plaster

We have a semi-exterior wall with some spots where the paint is peeling and what appears to be dry, powdery plaster is falling out. The wall is under a roof so it's not rained on directly, but ...
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Importance of plaster repair skills/experience

I have an old 1920's house in the Chicago area with many lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings. We are going to be removing a whole-house fan, which will leave a 3' square opening that will need to be ...
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Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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What could have caused these step formation cracks in a plaster wall?

Trying to figure out what these cracks are from. house was built in 1929, has plaster walls throughout. Someone said its the house settling and firebreaks in the interior of the wall. Anyone see this ...
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Correcting silicon between plasterboard

I had a contractor come in to build an internal wall, and without me agreeing to it, he used silicone between the drywall panels. The issue is that there is a clear line down the wall where the ...
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how to drill through two different materials

I installed blinds in my kitchen. I put the screws into the wall. The wall was plaster and inside it was a thin metal sheet. The screws were 1/8 inches. So I drilled two holes of 1/8 inches through ...
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Fill/seal large gap around shower base

We just bought a new house and I noticed the shower is leaking. I went to reseal the shower with a silicon based sealant, but then noticed that the gaps are pretty large. Along one side, between ...
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Preparing an old plaster surface for paint

I have two internal walls that I am repainting. Both were wallpapered, but stripping the paper off has revealed a load of old paint - I've got most of that off, but some is being rather stubborn. ...
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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Will spray paint bleed through paint on new plaster walls?

I had kids come on the construction site and spray paint my bare plaster walls with graffiti!!! If I paint the walls now will it bleed through the paint? Do I have to take off the plaster and start ...
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Mixing Elastomeric Paint with Stucco Finish Coat

I am having the stucco redone my house’s exterior block walls. One contractor offered to mix elastomeric paint with the finish coat. Any thoughts on the pros and cons versus priming and painting? ...
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How can I tell if there is brick behind plaster on a fireplace?

We have a 1952 home with a fireplace in it (original to home). There is brick around the opening of the fireplace, then a wooden frame and then plaster about 8" past the wood frame and back about 8" ...
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Replace plasterboard (drywall?) around window

firstly my question is about plasterboard, which I think may be called drywall in the US? Anyway, during the last few winters it had become damp and is just falling apart. Last summer someone had a ...
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How do I cover up this partially exposed brick?

Looks like someone tried to parge this brick and then put a layer of skim coat over it? I tried to take off everything that was already crumbling off and what's left is pretty stuck on there. Any ...
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Anchors in a solid plaster wall

I was going to hang a heavy whiteboard on my plaster walls using molly bolts, but when I went to drill the holes, the drill bit never broke through - it penetrated (exactly) 2" into the wall before ...
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Hanging Large Framed Prints on Plaster

What REALLY works for hanging pictures on old plaster walls--the kind with cement not too far beneath a skim coat of the white stuff (technical term). I bent four nails "specifically designed" to ...
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Unable to screw through plaster and lath wall

I am trying screw in a 2 1/2" screw into a wall that I'm pretty sure is plaster and lath. But when the screw is about 1 1/2" deep of drilling, it doesn't go in anymore no matter how much force I put ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...
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Plaster Wall Ice Damming Water Damage

A couple weeks ago ice damming in my gutters caused a lot of damage to my plaster wall inside my house. I got an estimate of around $2500 to fix the issue so I'm going to attempt it myself. Here ...
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Are these asbestos fibers in my plaster?

While screwing in an electrical cover in my new home (built in 1919) I noticed these fibers sticking out of the plaster or skim coat. I have not seen these anywhere else. Hope the picture loads. Are ...
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Old Circular Metal Piece

I recently bought a house in norwood, oh and I was adding a new light fixture. Upon cutting a hole to fish the wires thru, I stumbled upon a circular metal piece that is covering about 45% of a stud. ...
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How do I level my plaster walls and to what level?

I am remodeling my kitchen and I removed a Formica backsplash from my plaster walls. In doing so the adhesive used to attach the Formica remained on about 50% of the wall. On the remainder of the ...
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How to fix sagging plaster under window

We bought a 1928 house, the plaster is sagging here to the point it is flush with the trim. How should I go about repairing this? Is it worth fixing? Thanks
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What plaster compounds should be used when plastering an unheated building?

Remodeling an old school that was built in 1902 that had plaster stripes on inside walls. they want it to look original. Will it work to put 1/2inch OSB on the wall and then a layer of plaster on the ...
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How can I repair nail and screw holes if I don't know if wall is drywall or blueboard?

So first of, sorry if this is a basic newbie question. I have only owned my home for less than a year and am trying to get handier as I go. I know the basic difference between drywall and blueboard ...
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How do I repair cracks in thincoat plaster?

I have a crack in the thincoat plaster that is over the drywall. There is an orange peel texture over the thincoat. What is this caused by, and what is the best way to repair it?
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Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
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Are there differences to drywall joint compound and plaster?

The drywall store near me told me the they don't have (or use) joint compound for drywall seams, they use something called "slow plaster" (free translation) for over the drywall tape with the same or ...
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Crack in plaster ceiling

Have lived in our 1957 ranch for 14 years. Sometime back, there was an errant step by someone working in the attic, and a bit of cracking occurred in the plaster ceiling in the master bedroom. The ...
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Do wires need covering when plastering?

Many places say that you need to cover wires when plastering over them: theiet.org/forum In a zone or not I would still steel cap the cables even if they were only TV Aerial cables. and this ...
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How to skim (plaster) a tight corner under stairs?

I need to skim an area of wall below some stairs. There's a tight corner where the boards below the upstairs stairs meet a length of trim: Annoyingly, this is pretty much at eye level for anyone ...