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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall…need troubleshooting advice!

I have been trying to find advice on how to do something similar to patch a rock lath plaster wall around my thermostat wires. It doesn't look like the original screws were screwed into anything ...
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How to avoid nailheads in stud behind plaster?

Goal: I'd like to install a wall mounted shelf system in my bedroom. It's composed of vertical wood rails that screw into the wall, and then shelves and cabinets are hung off of the rails. ...
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What is this closet made out of and how to mount to the walls?

I moved into a building that was originally constructed in 1890 in New England, and this is my first time dealing with walls which are not recent construction with sheetrock over studs. The bedroom ...
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Do vertical cracks in old plaster wall along studs indicate a structural problem

My house was built in 1908 and still has its original plaster walls. One of the upstairs bedroom's wall has vertical cracks from floor to ceiling along the studs-3 studs in a row in the center of the ...
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special primer to use after skim coasting horsehair plaster

We just had our dining room which has horsehair plaster skim coated. We did not prime first as we were unaware we had to do that. When i went to buy the paint, the service man told us that we had to ...
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Why did my plaster walls stop half inch above floor and expose room to wall cavity?

My home was built in the 1930s. I recently pulled up my carpet to get it replaced. When I did this, I noticed that the plaster walls stopped half an inch above the hardwood floor. It looked very ...
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How do I properly support the header when expanding a door opening?

I'm opening up a closet in our 1958 home. I believe (I plan to get confirmation from a licensed contractor or engineer) that this is not a load bearing wall considering that the opening runs parallel ...
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Cut vs patch plaster and wire mesh

I'm replacing the ceiling of a window-seat that was damaged by water. On the wall above the window seat, I've got an area of wall where the top layer of plaster has come off. The top layer appears to ...
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UK Cable pulling advice for plaster and lath walls

I am about to move into a new (to me) flat. It is 1920s built, upper floor. One of the first jobs (We will be re skimming walls/moving sockets/changing heating system etc) will be to run some ...
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Stucco cracking/polymer additives/AAC

I am building with AAC blocks in a tropical country. The usual practice here is to apply a home-made plaster/stucco (cement/sand mixture) to the wall (which here is more typically mortar). However, ...
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Yellow stains on fresh plaster over concrete?

I'm trying to fix up the walls in an old house in Taiwan. The structure is plaster over concrete (?) over brick (or in some cases, cinder block). Some walls in some rooms have what appears to be ...
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What is the likelihood of asbestos in this plaster?

The plaster in the following images is from 1958. What is the likelihood of it containing asbestos?
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Wall plastering in Taiwan: Plaster sets VERY fast (10-15min). What can I do?

I'm trying to replaster the walls in an old house in Taiwan. Due to both the extreme humidity here and the shorter drying/curing times, I would prefer to use setting-type plaster over drying-type. I ...
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Can I avoid plastering after stripping the old wall paper

the old wallpaper started pealing off , and most of them have a uneven texture (surface), stripping them off wasn't that hard with the steamer kit after stripping the surface of the wall looks decent ...
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Anatomy of a concrete wall – what are all these layers called?

So my partner and I are trying to resurface a concrete wall in an old house in Taiwan. Before I get into the nitty gritty of asking how, I just want to clarify my terminology first – I think I've got ...
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Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so, with what & how?

Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so: What can I use to prepare the wall? What material should I use (joint compound, plaster, other)? All DIY so simpler the better.
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Stained Plaster - Waterproof primer before or after patching

I have a water stained plaster ceiling. The leak has been fixed. A lot of the old paint has peeled off and needs to be patched. I've noticed a few other patch jobs in this old house that are bubbling ...
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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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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. It'...
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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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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 ...