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Don't worry about the cracks but you do have to patch where it's crumbly. Only worry about the paint that comes off easily, no need to scrape down the whole thing. Depending on the look you're going for, the whole wall would need a skim coat of plaster. Condemned, eh? Does the roof leak? Did it? (sad face) If you are going to contract it out, start ...


Run a strip of masking tape on the wall where the molding will cover it up, but where your nails will hit it. I hammer nails into old plaster all the time by putting a piece of masking tape on the wall and hammering into it. It holds the plaster together while the nail hits it and can easily be ripped off (gently) after I'm done hitting it. In your ...


Primer will cure a lot, and this is one of them. I'm assuming you will be using painters, they will know how prep the walls so you will never see where it was graffiti-ed.

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