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How to build a strong wall surface against wall anchor?

When one remove acrylic (hi bond) double sided tape from wall, it often damages wall. Surface material is pealed off, usually drywall and plaster, and sometimes paint. By drywall and plaster I mean ...
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Parallel seam between drywall and plastered brick

Most of the interior walling in my house that is under construction is using single skin brick with plaster. In a few locations we require "cavity" doors and space has been left in the ...
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What to do with wall behind bath taps

The tiles behind the taps of my bath have come off completely and I don't know what to do. My main concern is if it could contain asbestos withing the tiles themselves, the adhesive or the plaster ...
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Why should you add dry mix to water and not the other way round

During renovation I have used all kinds of dry compounds, be it mortar, conrete mix, tile glue, grout, plastering mud, ... On every one of them the instructions say to add the dry mix to water and mix ...
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Is it possible (and if so how) to repair this hole in polystyrene coving? Is it normal “wear and tear” or does it indicate a problem?

Background: the room was converted from an integral garage to a dining room some time in the 1980s, the rest of the house dates from the 1960s. I have artex and textured plasterwork everywhere... I've ...
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How can I smooth a rough plaster finish?

We have the kind of plaster in the images below on our inside dining room walls. We want to change it to a smooth finish - presumably with drywall and plaster. I don't know what this current finish is,...
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Use a concrete core drill (6") on plaster lath?

I'm installing a range hood vent through a double brick wall, so I need to rent a core drill and 6" core bit. Would it be possible/advisable to use the same bit to cut through the plaster and lath (...
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How to fix cracks in hybrid gypsum/plaster ceiling?

I have a 1950's house with gypsum/plaster wallboard as described in this question: Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard? I have a few cracks in one of the bedroom ceilings and would like to repair ...
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studfinder’s ac setting is going off AFTER placing screws

I have a precise question about what my walls are getting up to, and reading the experiences of others hasn’t helped much. I have a vivreal studfinder that includes metal and ac sensors, and plaster ...
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REMODELING 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof- went in attic and do not see a BEAM over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room- also has a fireplace on ...
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Why is my wall buckling and the plaster coming away In one area and how do I repair it?

Hope someone can help. I moved into a property A couple of years ago with an extension that was built in 2013 so not old. In the corner of the wall there was a bulge and when I dug down I realised ...
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What causes portions of drywall mud/patch plaster to become discolored and harder?

I was having water issues on the wall above my fireplace, after gutters/tuck pointing/some roofing being fixed the water has stopped. I went to patch some of the areas that had the worst water damage....
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What breathable alternatives to lime render are available?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information online. There doesn’t seem to be any doubt that putting sand and cement on a solid wall Victorian is a dumb idea but is it really the case that you ...
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Brown coat plaster formula

1950s to 1960 house with rock lathe (dry wall) covered with a grey brown coat (wire mesh in corners) and then a thin white plaster coat. Was used as a doctors office and we are putting back to the ...
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Water base , oil baed or shellac primer on old plaster wall

I would like to use latex paint to on old plaster walls in a 1800's house. Some of the walls had to be patched with new plaster where the old plaster was removed down to the lathe. There appears they ...
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Best procedure for simultaneous plaster patching and electrical box cutout

Long story short: I was cutting a hole for a new lightswitch, and I discovered a concealed junction box. And, as much as I was tempted to just patch that hole up and pretend I never saw it, ...
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How to repair this plastered wall with brickwork in bad condition?

I discovered a very wobbly patch of wall about a metre square below a window. The plaster had clearly come away from the brick, so I chipped it off with a view to re-plastering it. Towards the top of ...
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What is required to fix this plastered drywall ceiling?

A tree hit our house and made one of the trusses fall somewhat. The structural repairs have been made but I am uncertain how to best repair the drywall ceiling. Originally it was a popcorn ceiling but ...
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Why would these wires be stored this way?

My house was built in the 1920’s. My living room only has two wall sconces until I found two additional hookups within the plaster walls. I have tested them with an old light fixture and they turn on ...
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Proper drilling

I was working on getting through the ceiling of my garage to install some eye-bolt lag screws to hang a boxing heavy bag. I had issues finding the joists which was handled in: Finding ceiling joists ...
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EXTERIOR WALL CRACKING

Hi I am hoping for some advise please on the exterior cracking of our house, and how to rectify it permanently if possible, you can see from the photos painters have tried to cover this up when ...
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Finding ceiling joists overhead

I am trying to find some ceiling joists to hang a punching bag from. I have hit one joist, I got it because the track from my garage on the same parallel. I drilled a hole, hit wood, and verified with ...
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How should I prepare to plaster my brick fireplace?

I have a kind of ugly (okay, eye of the beholder) brick fireplace that takes up half my living room. I’d like to plaster over it. Or skim coat it, or stucco ... something. I just want a better finish ...
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How to hang stuff on wood paneling

Our house, built in 1951, has one room paneled in wood: When we bought the place, the home inspector opined that this was original to the house, and not the cheap 1970s stuff. Moreover, the house is ...
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Repairing broken plaster

Removing some rotted wood above a window bay caused more destruction than would have been desired, and am hoping for some advice on how best to repair the holes in the plaster.
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Remove bumpy mortar left of the wall

This is a 30 year old wall. The old plaster is removed. Beneath the old plaster there is bumpy mortar left. What is the best way to get rid of them and get a nice flat surface ready for replastering?
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Why is new paint flaking off one area?

Paint started flaking off a small portion of a recently painted wall (replastered entirely), I assume this is because we failed to apply the mist coat properly. We did apply a mist coat, but might ...
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What kind of paint should be used on old plaster and lathe walls?

Are the steps to painting a plaster and lathe walls, house is early 1900's, the same as any other type of wall? What type of primer should be used? What type of paint? On the internet I read about the ...
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How to seal plaster before using the Anti Mould Paint

I had some mould (due to condensation) on bedroom wallpaper so I have removed all the wallpapers. I am planning to paint the wall with Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint instead of using wallpapers. Also, ...
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Skim coat with plaster of paris mixed with joint compound

Has anyone skim coat a plaster wall with a mixture plaster of Paris mixed into joint compound? What was the result?
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Can I use green(lid) all purpose joint compound to skim a plaster wall?

I removed the wallpaper from plaster and lath walls. I found a few cracks that were easily repaired but previous owners did a terrible job with patching. I would like t o get rid of imperfections and ...
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Plaster Walls Cracking above air vents

My house was built in the 1950's and have plaster walls. I am in the process of repainting and have noticed that the plaster above the baseboard air vents has cracked above almost every vent in the ...
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

I want to understand what went wrong, and how to repair it: This bathroom in a loft was done in 2012. The plasterwork is really good --- smooth and shiny; but the last year or so the paint (Dulux ...
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How can I make lime plaster more resistant to vibration?

I have a tiny house that I've just put some drywall up in. I am partial to the look and feel of Venetian/lime plaster, but since the house will move periodically I want to be sure it won't crack too ...
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Attaching drywall to cracked/sagging plaster ceiling?

I have a plaster & lath ceiling in a bedroom that is in need of repair - it's intact for the most part, but it's pretty unsightly. Since the entire ceiling is full of cracks, I'd rather simply ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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How to do a flush transition from concrete wall to metal stud wall?

I have an existing 8" thick concrete wall 10' above finish grade, and I would like to add a 6" metal stud plaster wall above the concrete wall. With a 1" plaster coating, there will be a 1" recess ...
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How should I fill channels left in old plaster after dado rail removal?

I just purchased a condo in the Boston area. The house has been built early 1900s. I'm removing dado (chair) rails in the dining room that don't look great and are just dust collector at this point. ...
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Repairing finish on basement block foundation wall

I have a room in a partially finished basement which was done by the previous homeowner which is needing repair to the walls. The house is old (1925), and the foundation is concrete block. The room in ...
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Fiberous Material White Material below Plaster - Asbestos?

I am stripping off wallpaper from an old Scottish building. Some of the walls have damage, and some of the plaster has a white hairlike fiberous material below. I found this before it was in a whitey ...
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How to get this finish on a ceiling?

The ceiling in this image is very typical of houses built in the 90s in the UK. Wondering if this type of finish is still available and what it would be called? I'm guessing its a kind of wallpaper ...
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Repairing crack in interior block wall

I have begun making cosmetic repairs to the interior of my home which was built in the 50s. I've got brick veneer on the outside, cinder block inside and then a layer of either chicken wire plaster or ...
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How do I fix these gaps where the socket plates don't cover?

Recently had this room plastered, then painted, and stupidly I only took the front off of the sockets instead of removing the full front socket. This has caused a bit of an issue as the facings now ...
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What is the best way to fix broken OLD plaster in a very old house? [closed]

I've recently bought a house which was built in the 1900s. The entire plaster walls are covered with wallpapers. First time home buyer mistake, our first project is to remove the wallpaper and paint ...
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paint failing on plaster

The paint in our kitchen is failing. The walls are plaster. Initially we thought the paint failed because the plaster cracked and was shifting. We repaired the plaster, scraped all lose paint, ...
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What is the role of re-enforcing mesh in plastering, when is it required, and which mesh types are prefered?

What is the role of re-enforcing mesh in plastering? Keep in mind, I'm not talking about the lathe, which is shown in this image. I'm talking about the mesh, shown in this image. When is a re-...
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Will unpainted plaster become water damaged?

We have had our bathroom done recently and the builders plastered one of the walls, then fitted the sink and toilet. I am now going to paint the walls myself, but I'm concerned about the plaster ...
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Is the fibrous material in this plaster coving asbestos?

Started to remove some coving border under the main coving. Seems to have this yellow fibre mixed in with what I think is plaster. Anyone know what it is? Is it safe to remove? Worried it could be ...
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How to remove old pancake junction box (metal brace, lathe and plaster cieling)

I'm trying to upgrade my ceiling electrical boxes for ceiling fans. The house is from 1935 and lord knows when the electrical work is from, but it's old. Got up in the attic to get the old box out ...
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How to keep Structolite from cracking as it dries

I have a house that was built in 1901 and needs a lot of plaster work. I've tried both Structolite and Gypsolite as a base coat over bare brick. Both of them crack as they dry, less than an hour after ...

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