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Replacing overtightened molly bolts

I’m attempting to hang a 12.5kg mirror on plasterboard using a French cleat fixing. The studs are in the wrong place, so I’ve used three molly bolts. Unfortunately one is spinning (perhaps ...
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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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During what construction era was plaster installed over metal lath?

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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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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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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Door lining proud of new plaster, what are my options for fitting architrave? (another coat?)

I've built a new wall with a door in it, ensuring the door lining protruded a few mm beyond the plasterboard so I could skim over the plasterboard with Thistle Multifinish plaster up to the level of ...
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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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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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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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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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Can paper tape be used with any type of plaster?

I'm preparing to plaster over a new plasterboard wall (drywall). I plan to paper-tape the joints between plasterboard panels before the first coat of plaster. (Some tapered joints and some joints ...
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How to plaster up to the ceiling

Where a new drywall meets an already finished/plastered/painted ceiling or wall (at a corner) is it good enough to simply apply a cost of plaster all the way to the corner or is it necessary to use ...
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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 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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Can I use heat gun to remove wall paint?

I have a section of wall in the kitchen near the window where several layers of paint are peeling off. It is an interior wall, most likely plaster over brick. Using a paint/wall scraper will be hard ...
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Cut through plaster vaneer

My house was built in the 50s and has the same wall construction described here: Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard? Does anyone know how I can easily cut through it. I've been using my sturdy ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 do I fill holes around a light switch?

I have a light switch where the plaster board around the edges of the face plate have broken away. I was thinking of using some kind of filler like Polycell to fill the holes but I'm not really sure ...
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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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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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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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How can I use toggle bolts with limited depth behind them?

I have a predicament, I am putting up a shelf into the wall. The wall is plaster, and then hollow and then concrete. I have screws with toggle bolts on them. The 2 inch screw with the toggle bolt ...
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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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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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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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How can I repair a hole in bathroom wall tile?

My shower had two towel bar anchors mounted on the shower wall when I moved in. Eventually, one of the anchors has broken, and taken the plaster it was mounted to with it. This has left a 2 in. ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I properly support the header when expanding a door opening?

I'm opening up a closet in our 1958 home. I believe (I plan to get confirmation from a licensed contractor or engineer) that this is not a load bearing wall considering that the opening runs parallel ...
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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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