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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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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 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 best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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How do I finish an outside corner where plaster meets exposed brick?

I have an outside corner where plaster on one side meets exposed brick on the other. It all used to be plaster but I stripped off the side where it's now brick. The line is pretty straight cause I cut ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kitchen Installation new build: How long after heat goes on?

In Short Our kitchen suppliers have told us that the kitchen should only go in 6-8 weeks after the heat has been turned on in our new build. Their concern is how dry the house is, I assume the issue ...
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Raising internal floor - to screed or not to screed?

The porch of our home has been made part of the interior. We now need to raise the floor to meet the level of the existing floor internally. The total height of the step is 5cm. So the floor needs to ...
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Stucco repair, no membrane?

I was doing a crack repair on my grandparents' house. The crack was in stucco located in an outside soffit on the 1st floor. I removed the stucco and to my surprise there was no membrane, just what ...
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What is this closet made out of and how to mount to the walls?

I moved into a building that was originally constructed in 1890 in New England, and this is my first time dealing with walls which are not recent construction with sheetrock over studs. The bedroom ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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Old Circular Metal Piece

I recently bought a house in norwood, oh and I was adding a new light fixture. Upon cutting a hole to fish the wires thru, I stumbled upon a circular metal piece that is covering about 45% of a stud. ...
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What's the strongest way to tie drywall into Rock-Lath/plaster with an embedded mesh?

I'm replacing our utility door that goes out to garage, and want to know the best way to tie the new drywall in with the old Rock-Lath/plaster. Usually I just put a backer board in, but with this ...
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How can I make an expansion joint in plaster?

I have plaster walls in a home that is about 50 years old. I have tried patching the plaster with both plaster of paris and drywall mud. Hairline cracks appear almost immediately. I have probably ...
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Should I worry about plaster walls in bathroom?

I just moved in to a new house, which has plaster walls. I was told that the owners never took a shower, due to worry over the walls. There is tile all over the walls, but I still wonder if I should ...
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How long should I wait for plaster to dry/cure between coats?

Even though I am in the U.S., my city row house is old and the brick walls attaching to neighbors on each side have an inch thick plaster. During the recent demolition/renovation, I had to tear some ...
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What should I do about baseboard anchors in plaster-over-brick walls?

I am restoring some plaster walls in my very old house. Most of the areas that need restoration are around the bottom of the walls since I ripped out old ugly baseboards and that also crumbled the old ...
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How to attach beadboard to plaster walls without blowing out nails?

I am replacing old beadboard on our plaster walls. Around the windows there seems to be cement under the plaster. No matter if I use a nail gun, panel screws, nothing will penetrate the cement. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Help removing wallpaper and painting on old plaster walls

I think I'm a bit over my head with this. This is my first major do it alone DIY. My fiance and I just bought a co-op built in 1917 and wanted to strip the old vinyl wallpaper from the bathroom. I'm ...
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How to remove surface mold on shower walls and ceilings?

I'll be doing a small bathroom remodel on a VERY old house which mainly includes installing bathroom fan and a full paint job as the main tasks. On first walk through, I noticed that the house has ...
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Insulation in basement with plaster walls

I’m looking to finish my basement. I have a 1940’s cape cod with a poured concrete basement. The basement walls have a fairly thick layer of plaster to them, very rough looking. It’s and in good ...
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How to repair this damp ceiling patch?

While repainting my house, I pulled some plaster off the hallway ceiling and ended up with this beauty: It's about a meter wide. Underneath is a layer of some kind of board, and a damp patch with ...
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Fixing masonry opening in chimney for water heater vent

What the right way to fix this? This is the opening to a chimney, for the vent pipe for a water heater. I needed to enlarge the opening from 3 inch to 4 inch. You can see the round part on the left ...
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Can you paint directly over feathered plaster/plasterweld?

I have been doing a lot of plaster patching on my old 1920s era house. The basic approach here is the holes were filled with blueboard, then we used 2 coat base and finish plaster (USG diamond). I ...
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Dining room ceiling repair

So the long story shortened is my wife swapped out fans and now I have a gap in my ceiling where the old fan was and the new fan is. Sadly the dilemma doesn't stop there so I bought a 2 part ...
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Lime plaster in Mumbai India - pros and cons?

I live in Mumbai India, in an old building. I don't know how long it is, but at least a century old, I would estimate. There is plaster deterioration in various parts of the structure. I'm done ...
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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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When do I start my plastering?

How many days after centering I can start plastering? Centering is done on oct 1st. Can I do plastering to the outside wall within 14days from centering? Will it cause water leakage? Because we are ...