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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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Can I install drywall on the ceiling, without removing crown molding?

I'm in the process of replacing a failing plaster ceiling in my finished basement with drywall. I originally had intended only to scrape down the popcorn finish and have it skim coated, so I did not ...
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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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Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard?

In a Philadelphia-area house built in the early 1950s: I cut out a piece of wall to fit an old work box. The piece I removed is shown below. The original walls were finished in plaster, but I can't ...
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Plaster and Wire Mesh - dating?

My home dates to the 1890s. It has clearly been through many renovations over the years before I owned it. The walls in my living room have defied all stud finders: normal ones find nothing, magnetic ...
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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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Mounting something to stud-less plaster exterior wall

I have a wood cabinet that I am redoing (painting and changing door hardware and removed interior shelving) to use as a TV enclosure in my family room. The house was built in 1940 and has plaster ...
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Options to cover imperfection on metal door around new lock

I'd like to ask for suggestions of materials. I have a metal door, painted in white. A bigger lock (jimmy-proof lock) was replaced with a smaller lock (regular deadbolt) but ended up leaving several ...
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What went wrong with this wall, and how do we fix it?

My friend's condo was built in 1960 and renovated before she bought it, in 2010 or so. Not long after she moved in, a chunk of plaster on the kitchen ceiling fell off, then a little later the same ...
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Plaster identification and screw recommendation

I need to fasten standard 15mm water pipes to a division wall in my house (built in UK in the 1970's). Some clips are already in place, but I need to add more (I am talking about clips like this: ...
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Trying to rehab tired plaster ceiling need help please

I'm trying to rehab and old plaster ceiling from a 1940s apartment in Manhattan. I have scraped off most of the plaster and much of the old patch work but a lot of the patches and more recent work is ...
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Crack between brick backed plaster and plasterboard backed plaster

I have a room where there is a large crack running from floor to ceiling along one of the walls. To the left of the crack it sounds solid and appears to be plastered onto the side of the chimney, to ...
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Stucco cracking/polymer additives/AAC

I am building with AAC blocks in a tropical country. The usual practice here is to apply a home-made plaster/stucco (cement/sand mixture) to the wall (which here is more typically mortar). However, ...
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Hanging a 32 inch TV without snap toggle on plaster

I'm looking to hang my tv on a bedroom wall however there is only one stud on that wall. I tried using a snap toggle but behind the plaster, there's concrete that won't allow the snap toggle to fit. ...
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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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Should blueboard overlap at outside corners or stop flush with framing?

When hanging blue board for veneer plaster, should the board overlap on outside corners like normal drywall or should they end on the edge of the studs and the corner will be filled in with veneer (...
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What compound should be used for base skim coat?

My apartment has plaster walls with some minor cracks, all of which I've repaired with fiberglass mesh + plaster. I've sanded all repairs, washed/degreased the walls, and primed with Zinsser 123. Now ...
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How to repair hole in plaster ceiling

I had to remove a section of plaster and wooden lath from my living room ceiling the size of about 48x48 because of a leak.Would replacing it with drywall be the best option and what would be the best ...
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Is this asbestos plaster?

I live in a 1970s apartment block in Melbourne, Australia. It’s been fully renovated since then (I’d say around 15-20 years ago), but I know not all asbestos products were removed - we still have old ...
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can drywall be apply over plaster

have fake stone on the out side of house and some how it seek through the wall and the plaster in side and got wet along wit the card board likr material. can you put drywall over plaster what do you ...
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Identify this plaster cornice coving from the UK

I am in the UK and need to replace some coving, and am not sure how to track it down. It's probably 20 years old now, but I'm not sure if it's a generic size? Thanks!
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Find joists in plaster ceiling

My plaster ceiling is cracking and the advice I’ve gotten is to cover it with dry wall. The issue I’m having is how to locate the joists in the ceiling. Is there an easy way to do this to make sure ...
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Has our new septic tank been properly waterproofed?

We have a new septic tank made of solid stone masonry. The masonry is held together by cement mortar and has been plastered with cement plaster. A professional working on the job has ensured us that ...
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Fix plaster behind skirting board

I'm renovating an old house circa 1893, and I have a problem with blown plaster behind a skirting board. I'd like to leave the skirting board undamaged as its an origin feature, but how can I repair ...
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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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Can I avoid plastering after stripping the old wall paper

the old wallpaper started pealing off , and most of them have a uneven texture (surface), stripping them off wasn't that hard with the steamer kit after stripping the surface of the wall looks decent ...
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I need to know how to fix this plaster corner

This is in my dining room. The crack extends to the ceiling. Can someone advise me on how to repair it?
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

I am attempting to repair a rounded plaster corner. (Image below). The plaster was blown out during an electrical re-wire for the bathroom switch pictured. I’m assuming the wire corner bead runs ...
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Is the fibrous material on the back of this wallboard asbestos?

Hi all. Just smashed this through. Is it asbestos? House is UK built 1982. Please help. I'm having huge anxiety about this. Thank you
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Can we plaster our ceiling without removing the crown molding

We have removed popcorn from the ceiling and it now needs to be plastered. The crown molding in place is in perfect condition and we would like to leave it. Will it be possible to plaster the ceiling ...
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Filling gaps between staircase and plaster wall

I purchased a home that was a two family converted to single. Brick veneer on the outside and block inside. I have been assured by two structural engineers that I have no foundational issues. I have a ...
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How do I cover up small holes in plaster ceiling?

I accidentally punched these on the ceiling while moving stuff around. They're around half a centimeter in diameter, and the ceiling seems to be plaster. How can I mask/cover these up the most subtly?...
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Is it safe to use old wood lath from demolition as firewood?

I removed two room's worth of walls and ceiling horsehair plaster and wood lath from a home built in 1890. Would the plaster or paint used in those days cause the wood to release any toxins when ...
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Repairing water damage to plaster over concrete block

We had a leak in our attic and have water damage on our ceiling (plaster on lathe) and exterior wall (plaster on concrete block). Because of our stupidity, we know that the leak consisted of exactly 1/...
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How to patch small anchor holes in plaster wall and potentially reinstall anchors?

We had a hook next to the one that you see in the picture. There was a towel on the hook and someone grabbed the towel and hung all of their weight on it and basically the anchors pulled out of the ...
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Repair Leaking Roof/Chimney In Winter

I live in an 100 year old house in Michigan. I have suspicions that the flashing around my chimney is leaking as the plaster in the ceiling directly below the chimney & roof point is getting soft ...
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Flaking in kitchen ceiling - will plaster patch work?

Need some advice. We acquired an older property a few years back that had a kitchen ceiling with water damage from the past, just past a foot wide. (Culprit was apparently a lack of/damaged caulking ...
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How to fix water damaged plaster

I recently bought an old house (200-300 years old). I have a large walk in cupboard which has crumbly plaster (the bottom 50-100 cm) with black mould on parts of it. (the problem wall is an outside ...
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What's the difference in 'rollable' and 'normal' basecoat?

We got our interior walls and ceilings plastered. Before painting the walls, we've been advised to use a primer / base coat ("voorstrijk" in Dutch) to seal the walls and reduce the absorption of ...
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Repair Deep Plaster Damage on Outside Corner

Looking for advice on how to repair this large and deep damage to an outside corner on an old wall. Materials are plaster over rock lath, for what it's worth. You can see the rock lath through the ...
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Taping drywall of different thickness

I am patching some plaster with some drywall and have shimmed out the drywall. The issue is that the plaster isn't a consistent thickness. Some spots it's flush and others its off by 1/8". What's the ...
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Fill large gap in plaster with no lath

An electrician recently replaced the electrical panel in my apartment and left an inch-wide gap in the plaster along one side of the box. Unfortunately, they had to cut through the lath, so there is ...
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What processes do I need to carry out before repainting my wall?

I’m thinking about redecorating my bedroom. It’s not very big, it’s surface area is 25.5m squared roughly. The walls in my room are currently painted and are sort of textured as they have little ...
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Wall opening - drywall corners

Our kitchen has an opening that used to have a bulky wood frame/shelves. We have removed that and now evaluating how best to repair the wall so it could be evenly painted and are thinking of adding a ...
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Drilling into stone wall with plaster on top

I'm trying to hang a curtain rod. The wall is irregular stone, with plaster covering it. I have masonry bits, a drill, and an impact driver (no hammer drill, though I may be able to borrow one). When ...
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New plaster over top of exposed horsehair plaster in Bathroom

I've taken wainscoting off of my bathroom wall that seems to have been around since the house was built (1900). Under one of the walls is an exposed horsehair plaster that was done right up against ...
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Applying stopping compound on plywood

I'm in the process of building the storage area under the stair case. Since I'm already having 15 sheets of 18mm full size plywood each 4'×8' in size, I'm framing the entire project using only this ...
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plaster shower walls, how to do them today?

I have an American 1950's home. It appears the previous owner covered original plaster walls with an inexpensive glue together shower panel system. Most of the homes in the area were built with tile ...