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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are brass picture hooks ok for a 30lb mirror on a plaster wall?

I've got a 30 lb mirror with D-hooks on the back and cable that can take its weight appropriately. I've put this mirror up on plaster walls before but I just want to make sure because this time it's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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