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How do I hang a pot rack in a plaster ceiling?

I am trying to hang a pot rack, and my house is all plaster walls. I have an electronic stud finder but the places it is telling me that studs exist don't seem to be correct - test nails have gone ...
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Settlement crack - is this one?

Presently disagreeing with a letting agent responsible for a property I recently moved out of over a large wall crack. This crack was there (albeit smaller) when we took residence, and it has become ...
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What should I do to make good on some lightly water damaged plaster?

When we moved in to our house (an early 1970s build in the UK) we noticed some damage to the plaster above a window; the surface was uneven and some was loose. It appeared dry so the surveyors and ...
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Which pH should I aim for when neutralizing restored/refinished antique surfaces?

I have recently used different chemicals to restore, refinish and treat various types of wall and millwork surfaces. E.g. I have stripped old paint using Peel Away 1 from plaster and antique ...
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Is it possible to earthquake-proof furniture when you have plaster walls?

Is it possible to earthquake-proof furniture (e.g. tall bookshelves) when you have plaster walls? I was dissuaded from attaching to studs by an employee at a local hardware shop, while at the same ...
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What considerations do I need to make when mounting heavy objects on plaster walls?

I have just moved into an old apartment in Brooklyn. The landlord has warned us that all the walls are plaster with wood framing. I have not dealt with this type of wall before. I would like to hang ...
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What's behind the hard plaster walls?

Most of the walls in the old part of my house are plaster. Hard, nasty, amazingly solid plaster. While this is nice in some areas, there's others that it's rather annoying -- such as on the stairs ...
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Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?

I'm plastering my first drywall and have been given advice from a friend who as done it a few times before. He believes I should not sand down the mud (a.k.a. jointing compound) between coats, but I ...
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What should I do about baseboard anchors in plaster-over-brick walls?

I am restoring some plaster walls in my very old house. Most of the areas that need restoration are around the bottom of the walls since I ripped out old ugly baseboards and that also crumbled the old ...
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How do I finish an outside corner where plaster meets exposed brick?

I have an outside corner where plaster on one side meets exposed brick on the other. It all used to be plaster but I stripped off the side where it's now brick. The line is pretty straight cause I cut ...
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Can drywall with ripped paper be repaired?

I damaged some drywall when doing demo in a bathroom. Some of the paint peeled back and exposed the paper, which ripped off of the drywall. Can I do a thin coat and sand? please help, already ...
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How do I repair cracks in a plaster ceiling?

I have a bungalow house built in the early 1930's. It is in remarkable condition and has been well maintained. In the last few weeks a few cracks have shown up in the ceiling. There is an upstairs ...
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Is there an easy way to make a square hole in plaster/brick to put an electrical outlet box in?

I am about to fix a few new sockets, I can run the cables down the back of some built in cupboards, but would rather not use surface mounted sockets. I do not have a SDS drill, just a standard ...
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How can I remove old paint from plaster walls?

I first stripped the wallpaper from my bedroom walls using a steam stripper and scraper. This revealed a lurid pink paint on the walls and a peculiar purple ceiling paint which came off in sheets like ...
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How can I damp proof this wall?

I have stripped plaster from our dining room walls to reveal the brickwork in preparation for plasterboard and skimming. The room features one main exterior wall and an adjoining wall. Prior to ...
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Can we use both caulk and Durabond to fill in hairline cracks in old plaster walls?

Our end goal is to mud over the existing plaster walls/texture to create a smooth finish. Before this we want to repair several hairline cracks to prevent them from recurring. After scraping open the ...
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How can I patch 1“- 2” gaps between coved plaster ceilings and new sheetrock walls?

We had to replace some old lath/plaster walls with new sheetrock. We left the coved portion of the plastered ceiling in place, but where the sheetrock meets the coved ceiling there is a 1" - 2" gap ...
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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How could I fix up some old plaster

I'm in a house where the plaster was done in an old style. Not lath-and-plaster as one of the tags suggests but simply plaster mixed in with hay or something fibrous on top of brick. With the ...
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sanding old plaster wall texture to prepare for mudding

Should I sand/grind old plaster texture before skim-coating? If so, what is the best tool to use? The goal is to prepare for new smooth walls.
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What should I use to prime an old plaster wall before skim-coating with new plaster?

Should I use oil-based primer on an old plaster wall (as a bonding agent) before skim-coating new plaster over it?
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How to re-anchor banister to plaster wall?

So the banister holders are in plaster, and it's pretty crumbly. We removed the wooden rail, but the anchors are in no way attached to the wall soundly. How can I make this secure again?
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Can I drywall over plaster

I live in an old house with horsehair plaster walls. One of the walls in my living room has a large crack running the length of the wall. It appeared after someone sat on the sofa with a little too ...
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How can I refinish an interior chimney pipe to make it appear rounded?

Right now my interior chimney pipe is hidden behind a wall and I want to remove that wall and expose the pipe, but the pipe itself is not so pretty. My fireplace is a wood fireplace with a double ...
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How do I fill holes around a light switch?

I have a light switch where the plaster board around the edges of the face plate have broken away. I was thinking of using some kind of filler like Polycell to fill the holes but I'm not really ...
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What is the main difference between stopping and skimming when plastering and when to use each

Back in Australia I worked with some plasterers. The process involved hanging plaster boards to the frame and then stopping. Stopping involved appling a compound (setting base coat and drying top ...
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How can I estimate the maximum load on shelves on a plasterboard wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much weight can you mount to a wall? (Apologies for asking here whilst not a serious DIYer, but as a Stack Overflow user it seemed like the obvious place!) I would ...
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Can drywall harden or become brittle over time? Or, am I dealing with plaster?

I was in the process if hanging curtains and when I was putting the drywall mounts into the wall the drywall was extremely hard and just crumbled. Once the drywall mount hit a certain depth it just ...
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1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein

Preface I live in China. Construction is largely handled by unskilled migrants, and one cannot just call up a specialist contractor to fix a major issue. Problem I've got a window that was not ...
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How can I build a support onto a stud in order to support a handrail?

I need to repair a stair handrail that has come out of my plaster wall. One end of the rail was not connected to a stud, so has come lose. It is a nice railing, so I would prefer not to buy a new ...
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How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?

My wife and I are repainting our attic and aren't sure how best to proceed with fixing the wall cracks. We have several different kinds of problems: long parallel cracks set a couple feet apart, and ...
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How do I cut an access panel in an inside wall?

I have a home theatre and I need to run some cables from the floor through to the roof. My original plan was to drill from the roof down through the beams and then cut a small hole at the bottom ...
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How do I cover up small holes in plaster ceiling?

I accidentally punched these on the ceiling while moving stuff around. They're around half a centimeter in diameter, and the ceiling seems to be plaster. How can I mask/cover these up the most ...
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Do I really need to wait a month before applying primer to plaster?

I've recently removed wallpaper and now I've gone through and plastered over some bad spots on the wall. I've already sanded it down and it's ready for primer. However, when reading the instructions ...
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Why is there cracked paint on my new plaster?

I've just finished a renovation of my house. In the new half of the house, we have had problems with the paint on our cornices cracking. The cornices were brand new when installed, this was done ...
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When do plaster cracks get bad enough to have an expert look at them

Jumping off from Plaster cracks beneath window sills question, and the calm/collected answers therein. When (if ever) should I be concerned about the absolute number of cracks around doors and ...
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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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How to seal and paint a rough plaster and brick wall?

This weekend I took down some old cabinets and the support boards that were nailed into the wall. This took down some of the plaster (old water damage took care of the rest). The surface on the photo ...
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Is it possible to hang something on the wall surrounding my chimney?

My chimney runs up the center of the house from the basement. Where it passes through the kitchen, there is an obvious bulge in the wall where the wall basically wraps around the chimney. Based on the ...
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Should I replace or patch a plaster ceiling?

My house is about 109 years old, excellent condition, other than cracking in the plaster ceilings. I've had one 3x3 section even fall out in my dining room. I want to replace the ceiling in the ...
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What's the best method and product to use for patching cracks in plaster walls?

I have a 100+ year old house and while it's quite structurally sound there's been some settling over the years, leading to small cracks in the old plaster around the house. I hired a professional to ...