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How can I use toggle bolts with limited depth behind them?

I have a predicament, I am putting up a shelf into the wall. The wall is plaster, and then hollow and then concrete. I have screws with toggle bolts on them. The 2 inch screw with the toggle bolt ...
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Types of floats and trowels for concrete

In Brazil there are basically 3 kinds of floats: Steel (in many shapes), used for smooth finish concrete, spreading mortar for tiles, plastering, etc. Wood (rectangular) used for rougher finish of ...
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Tile over Plaster (bathroom)

I am remodeling a bathroom to add a shower to a previously tub only bathroom. It is an older home (Built late 40's) and I believe the two interior walls are lathe and plaster the exterior wall I ...
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What can we do about a section of plaster that has fallen off the wall?

We have an old style terraced house which normally has a breast wall which accounts for the chimney; either side of this are two alcoves that are set back perhaps half a foot. The dimensions of these ...
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What's the best practice for non-90 degree corners on drywall / plasterboard?

I am putting up some drywall in my basement which has been tanked out. I'm using metal C-Stud to keep the plasterboard away from the walls. Am just about to board round the bay window and wanted some ...
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How do I prep and plaster a bowed wall before tiling?

I'm about to tile a shower alcove. However, I put a straight edge against the walls and the rear wall bows out very badly. The wall is 950mm wide and putting a straight edge across shows a gap about ...
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Repair/replacement of overdrilled wall

After taking down one of those cantilever "invisible fixing" Ikea LACK shelves, I discovered that there were twice as many holes in the wall as required and all of them were enlarged and ruined (the ...
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How can I fix a large gap between wall and countertop caused by bowed walls?

We live in an old house with plaster walls. We recently installed a new counter top and discovered that our walls are bowed and curvy. There is approximately a 3/4 inch gap on either side of the bow. ...
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Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster

I'm in the process of re-doing my kitchen. One of the issues I have to deal with is that the original construction is double brick, furred out with 1 inch strips, then plaster over gypsum. This ...
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Is plastering a job best left to the professionals?

We have moved into an older house which needs re-wiring - the plaster is also in poor condition so a fair amount of plastering is going to be required over the next few months. We are trying to save ...
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Repair long narrow gap in plaster

I need to fill a tall narrow gap in a plaster wall as shown in the image below. My question is: what is the best way to repair this? I have cut some ~1 pieces of drywall to fill the gap then tape the ...
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What to do about a damaged stipple ceiling?

We have a stipple ceiling in our master bedroom, it appears to be lining paper over lathe & plaster with stipple/textured paint over that. We are concerned that it may have asbestos in it (we are ...
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What does this concrete pool surface look like?

This is a surface of a concrete pool after an acid wash. I first thought it is plaster covered with paint, but then, by the feel and look of it, it does not seem to be paint. Hence I have several ...
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How do I smooth a concrete pool surface after an acid wash?

After an acid wash, the surface of the pool is very rough. What should I do to smooth it out?
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What tool and technique do I use to achieve this finish in plaster?

Our shed (in Switzerland) has an outdoor wall that is finished with plaster texture called crépi here which Google translates as roughcast. The plasterer here says it is impossible to replicate today. ...
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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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What should I use to fix chips in veneer plaster?

I had some water issues in my shower and finally got fed up enough to remove the miss-cut plastic back-splash that previous contractor had tried to install using thin-set. Upon removal I found a ...
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What should I do about this unfinished corner?

I've got this bit next to my back door that looks like it was never properly finished. There doesn't seem to be any structural issue, so I'd feel comfortable fixing it myself. Trouble is, I have no ...
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Mudding over plaster walls with pre-mixed joint compound

I just read a blog stating that pre-mixed joint compound should not be put over pre-existing plaster walls. Why? What is the best product to use?
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Drywall over plaster with furring strips

So I just removed staple on ceiling tiles from my curling to find they were done on top of plaster, my questions are: 1) is there any fear in any case of the drywall adding to much weight to the ...
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Should I be concerned about the repair to a ceiling after water damage?

We're in the middle floors of an apartment building and have had some damage done to our bathroom ceiling around the manhole due to some leaking pipes (minor rupture so there was a bit of water). The ...
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How do I make channels in plaster for electric lines?

Most of my walls consist of solid plaster over masonry, which makes electrical work difficult to say the least. I want to add some wiring to an existing wall in order to add light fixtures to a room ...
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How can I figure out what material my row home's interior and party walls are made out of?

I'd like to hang some shelving on the wall in my kitchen that separates my home from my neighbor's. How can I figure out what material this wall is made of? The home was built in 1950. The party wall ...
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What is the difference between building sand and plaster sand

Recently I mixed a batch of mortar for building and was unsure if the hardware provided me with building sand or plaster sand.. What are the properties that differentiate the two? and are there any ...
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How do I repair damage to the plaster on my bedroom ceiling?

I have noticed that the ceiling plaster in my front bedroom seems to be crumbling off and the ceiling around where it is coming off feels spongy. My house is a mid terrace over 100 years old I guess. ...
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Should I fix my swimming pool with plaster or a clorinated rubber?

I have below ground swimming pool. The plaster is cracking and pealing off. I need to apply new plaster or another type of coating. I am wondering whether it would be easier to apply a coating of ...
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What's the fastest way to remove/dissolve plaster from brick?

We want to expose our brick walls in a house that was built around the 1900's. We're doing a complete demo, so hopefully we're not to restricted as to what we can use to remove the plaster. What's ...
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What type of drywall tape should I use for a drywall to plaster patch?

What would be the best drywall tape for drywall to plaster patch? The patch is on a non-insulated garage ceiling, so there will be temperature swings from 0 to 100 probably through the year. I had ...
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Soft crumbling walls, electrical mounting box

I wonder if anyone can help. I'm having my kitchen refurbished including the electrics but when my partner tried to insert and secure the mounting boxes into the wall the plaster around it has ...
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What is/are the proper method and tools for drilling into masonry?

Related to this question, The blinds project has gone pretty smooth up until this point. It seems that some walls have plaster or masonry behind them. Probably not a big deal, but I've snapped a ...
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What distance should I see between studs in a wood frame home built in 1943?

My house was built in 1943. It is a wood frame house and the interior walls are lath and plaster. My goal is to find the studs so I can mount a TV bracket for a flat screen TV. I have read that the ...
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is there a sandable compound I can use for a final skim coat over StructoLite plaster?

I had to rip out a 4' x 6' section of ceiling and wall to make a plumbing repair on our house. The original walls were 1940s era gypsum board reinforced at changes-of-plane with metal lath. Some ...
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Can I install drywall on the ceiling, without removing crown molding?

I'm in the process of replacing a failing plaster ceiling in my finished basement with drywall. I originally had intended only to scrape down the popcorn finish and have it skim coated, so I did not ...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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“Recipe” for home-made SmoothOver?

Polycell sell a SmoothOver product that is a "quick and easy way to transform cracked and damaged walls to a perfectly smooth surface that's ready to paint. Fills imperfections such as cracks, gouges ...
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Is it necessary to fully cure plaster if covering if with a layer of joint compound before paint?

So I have a wall that I had to replaster. Usually, what I do with plaster walls is, because I am never happy with the smoothness of plaster alone, apply blue lightweight drywall joint compound and ...
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Should I worry about plaster walls in bathroom?

I just moved in to a new house, which has plaster walls. I was told that the owners never took a shower, due to worry over the walls. There is tile all over the walls, but I still wonder if I should ...
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How can I repair severly water-damaged interior wall plaster or sheetrock?

A water issue with a rain gutter has caused damage to my interior wall: How should I repair the damage in the process of preparing the wall for new wallpaper?
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How long should I wait for plaster to dry/cure between coats?

Even though I am in the U.S., my city row house is old and the brick walls attaching to neighbors on each side have an inch thick plaster. During the recent demolition/renovation, I had to tear some ...
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Can I mix joint compounds with different setting times to get a custom setting time?

I'm currently skim coating some really bad looking walls and my 45 minute joint compound is setting too fast for me to get a nice finish. Can I mix the remainder of my 45 minute Joint Compound with ...
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How do I tape a joint between drywall and plaster?

I have old old plaster (on lath) bordering new drywall. Is it better to use mesh tape or just paper?
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Will plaster on basement walls and ceiling provide insulation?

My basement's insides are completely unfinished. It has bare brick walls and bare concrete beams-vaults as the ceiling. I though of coating the walls and the ceiling with 2 inch thick plaster with the ...
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How can I hang a heavy mirrored bathroom cabinet?

I purchased a bathroom cabinet today that is 1200 mm wide, by 750 mm tall, and 150 mm deep. When I brought it home, I discovered it weighed nearly 40 kg (88 pound) empty. I was told that I could use ...
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How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?

We moved into an old house, and one room still has the original 1890 horsehair lathed plaster all over. On the walls it's the consistency of sawdust held in place by a layer of paint. On the ceiling ...
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What is the best way to patch 3" holes in plaster

I have a number of ~3" holes in my plaster from where my walls were filled with insulation. (Why did they drill a 3" hole? I have no idea). Obviously I would like to fill these holes in, but they ...
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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 ...