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Does a brick sleeve anchor need to go all the way in?

I want to hang a heavy piece of art (~8 lbs) over the bed, so I want to make sure that it is very securely attached. I was going to use a toggle bolt, but after drilling the hole in the wall, it seems ...
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Is there any advantage to a metal plaster hawk?

Background I am a plastering novice (mainly an IT guy) and, while I am up for trying my hand at anything, I do not intend to become a professional plasterer. That said, I am very much of the opinion ...
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Did my painter do a bad job making the ceiling flat after removing popcorn ceiling?

I recently found a painter and got my popcorn ceiling removed. That ceiling is 70s concrete, so painter has to fill it with plaster instead of scraping popcorn texture off. After the job done, he skim ...
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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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Are these black marks on the wall from sanding?

I was told these markings on the wall are from "sanding". I believe the walls are plaster. I wasn't sure if I should believe it since it's in a strange pattern. However, it might be ...
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Moving the opening into my kitchen, with plaster and expanding metal lath

I would like to move the entryway into my kitchen over about 10 inches. The wall is plaster with metal lath and metal studs. No wood at all. I am wondering how to frame the new entryway. What ...
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How to take down plaster over drywall ceiling?

My ceiling is 3 layers and very heavy. Drywall, with plaster and ceiling tile over that. Looking for safest way to take down entire ceiling.
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How to repair crumbling drywall or plaster?

This is an internal wall where the brown sediment (is it drywall? Plaster? Or something else entirely?) behind layers of paint is crumbling away causing holes. You can see from the photos where the ...
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Preparing a wallpapered room for paint

I have a 1920s house with plaster walls. It was wallpapered at one point (no idea when) and has accrued maybe 2 or 3 coats of paint since. I'm planning to take the paper down because I can't stand it ...
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Drywall damage around recessed light hole

UPDATE: Apologies for not following up until now. I ended up using a sheet metal style wall patch. I used tin snips to cut my 4” hole. Then I patched into the ceiling like a normal wall patch. Some ...
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Priming plaster wall for wallpaper

I was wondering about priming, and possibly partially water proofing a plaster wall for wallpaper. Right now it is mostly covered by drywall mud to iron out the original (110 yr old) uneven surface ...
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Can I plaster and paint over wallpaper? [duplicate]

I have a 20cm hole in a wallpapered wall. Can I get away with filling the wall with plaster, then painting over it, without stripping the wallpaper off the entire wall first? Or must I strip the ...
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Can someone explaing what is going on here and how easy it is to fix please?

I am a total newbie to this forum and relative newbie DIY in general so apologies in advance for any blunders in this post. I noticed a bulge at the top of one of my walls where it meets the ceiling. ...
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Remove wallpaper that has been textured over

Our bathroom has textured plaster work that seems to have been put on over the top of wallpaper. You can see some of the seams and the wallpaper was also still there under a mirrored cabinet. Above ...
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How to apply plaster to a plaster damaged drywall section

Some plaster came off our drywall. It's not a huge area but bigger than I'd like to use a polyfiller on. Can I plaster directly onto the area or do I need to use a PVA or similar? Is there a ...
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Can you use self-drilling anchors on old plaster ceiling?

I'm installing a track light on the ceiling. The ceiling is old plaster (~1945) The fixtures come with what I can tell are self-drilling anchors. Is it a good idea to use these anchors on plaster ...
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Is plaster repair a DIY job?

Existing plaster/lath walls in decent shape, 1920s farmhouse. Lead/Asbestos? Unknown but possible. I actually like Plaster's sound-proofing and would like to keep. Plaster has no decorative elements. ...
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How to fill in bonding at the bottom of a wall before skimming?

I'm skimming some old plaster walls and in the process found that the original bonding stops too far up the wall for the new (shorter) skirting board. Also it's coming away a little so I've gone back ...
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Wall covering, asbestos or horse hair?

When removing drywall we noticed old wallpaper or painted plaster underneath and behind an old door frame we took down. When looking at the designs we noticed white fibers and are worried it might be ...
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Replastered section of wall surrounded by lining paper

Late last year we had dry rot treatment on a wall. This involved a section of plaster being removed and then it being replastered. This means we now have a section of wall with bare plaster, ...
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Cracks in plaster

Are these cracks a structural issue or just change of temperature? They seem to become smaller in the cooler weather and more noticeable in warmer weather.
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How to clean up a large plaster penetration

Renovating a bathroom in our 1940's house. Removed the current vanity and found this I'm eventually tiling over this wall with 3x6 subway tiles. Any suggestions on how to obtain a surface I can ...
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How to join plaster in tight angles

We have very high cathedral ceilings which therefore have very tight angles where the walls meet the ceilings (around 45 degrees) how can we join these? The trowel won’t reach the tight angle
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Patching a Textured Plaster Wall

We have an interior wall that is textured plaster in our 1934 Tudor home. We are going to flip the pictured light switch to the other side of the wall, so that we can mount a television on the wall. I ...
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Will walls need re-plastering after removal of painted wallpaper?

Getting ready to buy for the first time and so I'm trying to prepare myself for renovation projects. I'm mostly looking at old Scottish Victorian tenement flats. The one I viewed earlier today is a ...
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Plaster & Non-Standard Wire Mesh Patching

Had some electrical work done leaving holes in walls that need to be patched. The plaster and wire mesh in my house (built in 1920) does not appear to be the typical chicken wire mesh that most search ...
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How should I prepare a wooden mould for casting plaster of paris?

I'm referring to a flat sided mould, not intricate detail. It is the reverse (wall) side of a piece of coving. I'm using "Formula" Fine Casting Plaster. The wood is planed softwood scraps I ...
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What's the best way to hang frames and shelves on plaster walls?

I live in an old house (about 90 years old) with plaster walls. I have all kinds of trouble hanging things up in the plaster, so I mostly just use 3-M Command strips whenever possible. But there are a ...
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Proper way to repair old plasterboard walls?

my basic question is: what is the proper material and method for repairing defects on the walls in my old house? To give context, I am in Virginia, United States and the house is a concrete block ...
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What is this coving profile?

This coving is all around my house, but some needs repair and I can't match it. It's a "C" profile with a lip at the bottom. I thought perhaps the lip was a separate picture rail or ...
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How can I fix a large hole in plaster ceiling that's backed by drywall instead of wood lath?

We are renovating a 1959 home and have a large hole in our plaster ceiling due to the removal of a kitchen wall and soffit. I have reviewed lots of videos about how to patch plaster + lath ceilings; ...
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Help identify wall & how to hang things on it

What are my walls made of? I can’t screw or nail anything into it without it just immediately crumbling. Anything hammered or screwed in just becomes loose and doesn’t stay in. Almost my entire home ...
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1920 UK London House - How should I internal insulate?

The house was built in the 1920's east of London. The inside walls are cold to touch and we are considering insulating them. The house was recently externally rendered without external insulation :( ...
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What kind of wall material produces orange dust, and how should I work with it?

I live in a townhome that was constructed in 1890 in the US and remodeled sometime in the past 20 years. Most of the walls are drywall, but the walls that separate my home from the units on either ...
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How to patch concrete board plaster job

I removed the trim around my back door and was left with the monstrosity pictured. The new trim I want to install is about 1/2" skinnier so I was wondering if there is a easy(ish) way to patch ...
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What are the differences between trowels for concrete and plaster? Are they interchangeable?

I have some paving steps to lay in concrete, and will buy a trowel for smoothing them off. There's an enormous range of trowels/floats available, with almost identical ones for plastering and for ...
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Join between plasterboard and hardwall?

We are building a fake chimney breast in our living room and I have built the bottom half out of brick and the top half will be stud wall with plasterboard. I will be using a Thistle Hard wall backing ...
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Asbestos? In plaster?

so we were taking down the plaster in our downstairs bathroom to put a sink as there was some previous damage and we got a bit doubtful about if it’s normal plaster or asbestos cement plaster or some ...
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Siliconed round windows before repainting jambs - should have done it after? [duplicate]

I'm repainting a room. I've scraped back the loose paint (in places back to plaster), filled, sugar soaped and, to my low standards, it's ready to paint. I also scraped out the old mouldy silicone ...
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Suspending many lightweight acoustic panels from a plaster ceiling

I have a collection of fairly lightweight acoustic panels that I want to suspend from a plaster ceiling (see mockup images below). My question: What is the best way to attach them? Here’s the shape of ...
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Identifying plaster type and how to best remove wallpaper and prepare for painting?

We are renovating our new house at the moment in the UK which is circa 120 years old. One room has wallpaper on it which we want to remove and then prep and paint the wall. Upon peeling some wallpaper ...
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How to fill gap between brickwork and new door lining

I have just had someone install a new door lining, it's not gone off without a hitch unfortunately. I have been advised to fill the large gap with bonding but it's 190mm deep and my (not small) palm ...
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Identifying what material this ceiling is made out of

I am in the process of re-modelling my old bathroom and I had the ceiling removed today. It wasn't until I put the debris in the skip that I thought I have no idea what sort of material is inside it ...
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What's happening to this plaster?

As you can see: Phones aren't meant to be cameras The plaster in one of my room's corners is peeling off in one large chunk. As far as I know, our house doesn't have a proper foundation and is ...
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Repairing cracks in plasterboard ceiling - ok to tape over paint?

I have cracks all around the edges of the plasterboard sheets in the ceilings throughout the house. The cracks are pretty wide - about 1mm. The ceilings are plasterboard with a skim coat and ...
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Plastering a badly damaged wall

The plaster in our rented apartment was falling off the wall in two places. In the entrance hall huge lumps of plaster were coming off in our hands. This wall is next to a room which is under the ...
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Replacing overtightened molly bolts

I’m attempting to hang a 12.5kg mirror on plasterboard using a French cleat fixing. The studs are in the wrong place, so I’ve used three molly bolts. Unfortunately one is spinning (perhaps ...
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Do I need to use a bonding agent between scratch and base coat plaster on the ceiling?

I'm doing a traditional 3-coat plaster over wooden lath to repair a 4x4 hole on an interior ceiling. I'm using StructoLite base coat plaster. I applied Plaster Weld to the lath prior to putting up the ...
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How to plaster up to the ceiling

Where a new drywall meets an already finished/plastered/painted ceiling or wall (at a corner) is it good enough to simply apply a cost of plaster all the way to the corner or is it necessary to use ...
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Can paper tape be used with any type of plaster?

I'm preparing to plaster over a new plasterboard wall (drywall). I plan to paper-tape the joints between plasterboard panels before the first coat of plaster. (Some tapered joints and some joints ...

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