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How to mud over a convex ridge in a wall?

When mudding a wall is there a way to handle a high ridge, where the wall is flat and smooth to both sides but the ridge stands higher than all the rest of the wall and the taping knife can rock ...
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Is it ok to paint on fresh plaster once it appears dry?

I've just had a skim coat of fresh plaster put on plasterboard (mixture of screwed to stud walls and dabbed on to brick/block) in a new extension and it appears to be drying very fast. Can I rely on ...
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How to prepare fresh new plaster on old walls for painting?

What is the best way of fixing minor blemishes in new plaster before painting interior walls? In particular, should I sort them before or after mist coating? Background: I bought a 1930s house in the ...
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Priming porous wall before skimming

I have ripped off the wallpaper from the walls of my bedroom, and I am now planning to fill the holes in the wall, skim the walls with plaster, and then paint. I’d like some advice on this as it’s the ...
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Plaster ceiling veneer coat issue

I had some chipping in my plaster ceiling. I used a paint scraper to take off the loose stuff, but the problem quickly grew. The veneer that came off from scraping is maybe a 1/32” thick. The actual ...
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Hung a shelf on a plaster wall, and it fell, but I want to try again--how do I do it right?

I hung 6 Ikea shelves (these ones, which are metal L-shaped brackets with wood shelves on top) on plaster walls using medium-duty plastic anchors. It was a real issue while we were working. The ...
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Mount TV to drywall with very little clearance

I'm attempting to mount a TV (a monitor actually) to a wall in our old house. This particular room was originally plaster walls and at some point, someone decided to redo the whole thing with drywall,...
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How can I attach a stud wall to a concrete block wall with drywall?

I'm planning on building a media wall spanning the entire width of a wall in the kitchen. This will involve building a stud wall which will be fixed either side to a 'dot and dab' wall, concrete ...
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How can I secure a network faceplate without a box frame?

I forgot to put capping over the network cable before the plasterers came, so now the network cable is stuck too long. There is a metal back box, but the holes on the faceplate no longer align with ...
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Leak from contractor work on toilet damaging plaster ceiling below (US)

We had a full bathroom renovation start while we were out of town. We just came home to discover that our contractor installed our toilet with the supply line leaking. The tile floor beneath the ...
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Fixing plaster damage that has been painted over

I recently bough a new house and it came with a fair bit of plaster damage in the walls. The biggest problem area is this patch of water damage where the gutter leaked down the exterior wall. This ...
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Remove built-in bookshelves prior to plastering

I'm looking for any advice as to how to go about removing a built-in bookshelf (8cm deep, 173cm tall, 26cm wide), prior to skim plastering the wall completely flat (by a professional.) The interior of ...
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Asbestos in plaster walls [closed]

I bought my house 4 months ago and it was never disclosed to me that my house contains asbestos. It was built in 1901. I had some of my plaster, drywall, vinyl flooring and adhesive tested from ...
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Why my plaster turn grey when it got dry, and it is not pure white

I bought 2 Kg of plaster, and i have some rubber templates for the plaster. now i added 2 cups of the plaster with one cup of pure water. i mixed the combination , then i applied the mixture to the ...
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Skim coating over plaster walls with semi-gloss paint on them?

I want to paint my bathroom, but the walls are really gnarly and I'm trying to figure out a way to smooth them out before I paint. I live in a concrete masonry building (I think; it was built in 1910),...
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Remove plaster from brick

We recently purchased a 130+ years old house and have been restoring the plaster walls. We realized one of the walls is the chimney to the fireplace. I removed the plaster as best as I could before ...
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In what years was plaster over fiberboard used for walls in US Northeast?

Here is a piece of wall I broke open. Fiberboard backing was nailed to joists with plaster (grey) and a skim coat (white). New Jersey house built 1896 and renovated many times since. Original ...
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Baseboards are covered with plaster on top—should we cut them out with reciprocating saw?

The walls in my house were heavily skim coated some time in the last 20-30 years. In many places, the skim coat plaster is covering the baseboards and other trim. I want to replace the baseboards. I ...
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How to avoid cracks between painted wood and painted plaster?

A wooden piece is screwed against a plastered block-wall. Both, the wooden piece and the plaster, are primed and painted. Problem. I expect that there will be a thin crack between the wood and the ...
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Simple fix for formerly damp patch on the wall

The pipe above this vent was dripping against the wall, the drops has been fixed and the wall has dried out. But the plaster/wall around it is an odd combination of powery and spongy, and feel like ...
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matching a wall texture

I need to patch a few areas on a wall with the texture shown in the photos below. Can anyone suggest what kind of product or texturing technique would match this? It doesn't have to be a perfect ...
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Asbestos in bathroom cornice?

Does anybody know if asbestos was used in cornice? Could the fibres in the pictures be asbestos? The construction year is '86 (South Europe). I know it's better to have it tested than asking, but for ...
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What is this wall texture called, and how is it applied?

It's the usual story, I need to do some repairs and want to match the existing texture. It is definitely some kind of applied finish, as all the walls have it regardless of whether they are ...
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35 pound mirror on a plaster wall? [duplicate]

I've been here before in the past with this same mirror and got such great help I had to come back again. Knowing how the minds of people far more experienced than I in DIY and home construction work, ...
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Joint compound over plasterboard?

I planned on drywall installation in my bedroom but accidentally bought plasterboard. I applied joint compound before realizing. Can I salvage this by skim coating the walls? Can I sand afterwards? ...
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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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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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