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You should be able to just pick off the worst bits and apply new joint compound. Do it in 2 thin layers if the plaster is thick. It will look a bit patchy if you don't sand and paint afterwards.


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Do you know what stopped your drill? If it's brick then use a masonry bit and a hammer drill to make a hole. Then use masonry anchors in the brick.


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I would not add drywall over plaster, as the guy said before. You have to not only look at the depth of electrical outlets, but now your door jambs are the wrong size, and window sills and trim will all have to be redone.


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The best bet is to find a stud and use a heavy nail or screw. If that isn't an option for the print's sake, I've had luck in such walls with toggle bolts before. It can be hit or miss with screws and even mollies and screws in tandem because behind the plaster and cement are 3/8" thick by 1 3/8" wide strips of wood spaced 3/8" apart called lath, which is ...


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Best case is you've probably hit a concrete structural wall. In that case use a hammer drill and cement screws or anchors if you really need more support than you get from the 1.5" in front of it. Worst case is you're hitting a conduit or water pipe, in which case thank goodness you haven't managed to puncture it. I'd look for a work box or some access ...



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