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How to attach a top plate to a plaster and lath ceiling for a closet?

I'm looking to add a closet to a room in my house. I took down the walls (and have since had drywall put back up) so I know where the studs are in the walls, but I don't know where the ceiling joists ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I make a wall surface tolerant of high-bond adhesive tape?

When one remove acrylic (high bond) double sided tape from wall, it often damages the wall. Surface material is peeled off, usually drywall and plaster, and sometimes paint. When one build a new house,...
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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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Crack in plaster ceiling

Have lived in our 1957 ranch for 14 years. Sometime back, there was an errant step by someone working in the attic, and a bit of cracking occurred in the plaster ceiling in the master bedroom. The ...
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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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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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What's the difference between pottery plaster and plaster used on interior walls?

My wife is an artist, so when we needed an interior wall plastering she did it, using her pottery plaster (not plaster of Paris). When we told a friend he laughed and suggested we get some wall ...
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Reuse broken up plaster wall

I have a banister that is screwed into a plaster wall. The screws have come out of the wall and the plaster is all broken up. I know how to put stuff over the broken up plaster to make it smooth, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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is there a sandable compound I can use for a final skim coat over StructoLite plaster?

I had to rip out a 4' x 6' section of ceiling and wall to make a plumbing repair on our house. The original walls were 1940s era gypsum board reinforced at changes-of-plane with metal lath. Some ...
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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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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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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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Remodeling 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof. I went in the attic and do not see a beam over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room and there also is a ...
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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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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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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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How can I repair damaged plaster when I come to repaint?

I have a couple of problems with the plaster of my house, and when it comes to repainting, I want to try to fix them. I've watched some youtube videos, and done a lot of googling, and although my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is my stucco cracking?

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 painting ...
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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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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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