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Check the manufacturer's installation instructions of the veneer product you've chosen to install. That's the only way to know for sure, how that specific product can be installed. Some products can be installed directly to walls, others require underlying support. It depends entirely on the product, and the installation location.


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The keys are the "key". When real plaster is applied over wood lath, the base coat oozes through the gaps in the lath and sags or expands a bit forming "keys" that, when dry, hold the plaster layer to the lath. This is a strong structure unless a substantial amount of the keys have been broken (from temperature or humidity swings, structural shifting, ...


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It could be settling. I see from the window sill it is on an outside wall. You did not mention how long the cracks have been there, but I would go outside and check if there is any water damage happening at the foundation level, missing siding, etc., to rule out settling from decay. Otherwise those cracks, I would say are normal in many cases for a wood lath ...


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The problem, although difficult, can be solved. If the silicone has squeezed out from the drywall joint it needs to be cut. With a utility knife slice away all dried silicone that is above the surface of the drywall. The lower the better. Don't be overly concerned about damaging the drywall panels; don't butcher them, but don't preform surgery either. After ...


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What you need to use is a fastener called a "toggle bolt". They come in small sizes (1/8 inch, screw diameter) up to 1/4 inch. Depending on the weight of your item the larger the toggle the more it can support. A toggle bolt is a threaded machine screw that uses a pair of spring loaded wings (anchors) as a nut. Mark the location for the hole and use a slot ...



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