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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I attach skirting boards to a plaster wall?

I have ten feet or so of new skirting board to put up by my front door where we have just had the walls plastered [1]. Back when I was a kid I did a carpentry course so I know how to cut and mitre the ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What features do I need in a stud finder for use on plaster walls?

I have an old house built in the early 1930s. The conventional stud finders are useless on plaster. The more sophisticated ones are more expensive in the $50 range. What features would a stud finder ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?