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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 ...
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Can I mount wall 75 inches (50kg) tv on plasterboard? [duplicate]

I am going to mount a TV to a wall in my living wall. The only problem I have is the TV weighs about 50kg and I am little bit afraid of hanging this amount of weight on pure plasterboard. Is it safe ...
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What's the fastest way to remove/dissolve plaster from brick?

We want to expose our brick walls in a house that was built around the 1900's. We're doing a complete demo, so hopefully we're not to restricted as to what we can use to remove the plaster. What's ...
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Hanging artwork on plastered brick?

I’m wanting to hang a couple things on my wall (small mirror, picture, light wall hanging etc) but the walls are brick, covered in plaster and paint so i cannot use 3M hooks - pulls the paint off, and ...
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Plastering a gap around a window

Between one of our wooden windows and the wall there is a gap of about 5 cm that is only very loosely filled with plaster (see below). The craftsman who did some other plastering work in our house ...
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What is my wall made of and how should I hang a 50lb mirror?

I plan to hang a mirror weighing 50lb on the wall. What type of anchors should I use? I think my wall is plaster over drywall, but I'm not sure. The house was built in the US in 1952, and the surface ...
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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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Replacing trim set in horse hair plaster

There are a few places in my house where I would like to replace the door trim, but the walls are horse hair plaster. Is there anyway to do this without having the plaster totally fall apart?
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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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Should I plaster the walls in my new house?

I have a newly built house and I'm evaluating how to proceed with the painting of the rooms, to define what I can do myself and what has to be done by professionals. The ceiling is already spray-...
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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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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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Drywall over Ceiling tiles and Plaster Ceiling

I have a 100 year old house with a room with old outdated ceiling tiles that I want to disappear. I don't know if the tiles are glued or stapled on but there are furring strips that run the length of ...
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How can i meet two uneven ends of plaster on ceiling?

Remodeling my new home and took a wall out. Plaster was different thickness on different sides of the wall sometimes up to 3/8s. How do I patch it nice and even, is it even possible? Should I drywall ...
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crumbly plaster

I'm in a new build, timber frame house with the back clad in plaster. The plaster seems quite "sandy", if that makes sense. If I rub it my hand comes away dusty and gritty. Around one window I can ...
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Would this entire wall need re-skimming or just where the wardrobe has been removed?

I have removed a fitted wardrobe and damaged the plasterboard underneath slightly. The wall next to where the wardrobe was is already skimmed and painted. I'm not going to attempt to skim where the ...
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Preparing friable plaster for painting

We have a wall that has not been looked after at all. Rising damp caused peeling. Other places just peeled anyway. It probably wasn't repainted in at least a decade or more, maybe 2 decades. So, we ...
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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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What is the difference between building sand and plaster sand

Recently I mixed a batch of mortar for building and was unsure if the hardware provided me with building sand or plaster sand.. What are the properties that differentiate the two? and are there any ...
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How to anchor coat hooks and shelving in a rock-lath & plaster wall?

I've purchased an older home from an era when they used rock lath and plaster for the walls. I had never heard of this kind of construction, though I've done plenty of electrical wiring in older homes ...
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Re-mounting electrical switch box between studs after removing plaster and lath

I am refinishing a room that had a gang of light switches mounted directly to the lath, between the studs. The lath is out, and drywall is going up next. I don't wish to change the horizontal position ...
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How do I achieve this texture?

I need to make some wall repairs in our house (lath and plaster). After making the repairs, I'll need to add texture over the repairs. After doing a bit of research, it looks like this is a so-called "...
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What cause the wall damage?

We just repainted the wall and fixed the plaster last November due to water damage. Recently, I discovered that there appears to have some water damage on the wall again. This damage is right below a ...
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Crack in joint between molding and ceiling

I have a very old house with plaster walls. After getting a new roof, a large crack opened up between the molding and the ceiling where the wall is pulling away, but only along the one outside wall. ...
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Interior walls - why skim coat with joint compound?

Roughly put, my understanding of the history of interior walls is: In olden days, plaster. Good/bad/indifferent - not everything was 3-coat. Good work took time. $$$ Drywall. Faster, cheaper. ...
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What metal is along the top of a plaster wall in a 1930s house?

I have a house built in the 1930s with lath and plaster walls. I was planning to install a hook, so I needed to find a stud. My normal stud finder didn't work (as expected), so I used some rare earth ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is/are the proper method and tools for drilling into masonry?

Related to this question, The blinds project has gone pretty smooth up until this point. It seems that some walls have plaster or masonry behind them. Probably not a big deal, but I've snapped a ...
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wobbly thermostat on plaster wall

Just replaced the old honeywell thermostat to a Nest. But the thermostat hole is a bit more emptier than it's supposed to be. Some small rocks fell out. Now the new thermostat is a bit wobbly. I ...
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BX cable in plaster by sink

I am re-plastering a wall in my kitchen after removing some damaged plaster. I am burying the electrical in BX cabling before plastering as allowed by NEC. However, NEC does say BX is not allowed in ...
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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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how to sand-plaster a plaster wall without spreading plaster dust everywhere?

I have the following wall I need to sand . Issue is the wall is made of plaster. Is there a way to sand it without spreading plaster dust all over my kitchen, please? Thanks.
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Plastering: Solutions to a cornice that has fallen off

I went into a room today and saw that this had happened to the cornice. I have no plastering experience but some general DIY experience. Is it feasible to plaster it oneself, and if so what tools ...
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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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Can we use both caulk and Durabond to fill in hairline cracks in old plaster walls?

Our end goal is to mud over the existing plaster walls/texture to create a smooth finish. Before this we want to repair several hairline cracks to prevent them from recurring. After scraping open the ...
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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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Interior 30s wall construction

can anyone identify the materials in this wall? It's an interior wall in a 1930s UK house. Obviously ... bricks, and the outside is some kind of lime plaster I think. What is the black material?
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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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What determines if a plaster can be floated or can only be sanded as the final smoothing step

I'm looking at some datasheets for interior plaster by Saint-Gobin (which unfortunately are not available in English as far as I can tell) and I'm miffed why some interior (white) cement-based ...
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Removing recessed lights for painting

We've just had a new kitchen, and the ceiling has been re-skimmed. I need to paint this, but we now have spotlights in the ceiling; see the picture below: In order to get this off, I can see a small ...
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Paint/plaster texture question

My walls and ceiling are skip trowl lath and plaster and (many layers) painted, I’m doing some cutting and patching and using DAP Patching Plaster. It goes on great but after I sand and paint it the ...
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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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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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Rectify smooth filler patches on sand and cement skimmed wall

Someone did me a favour and sand and cemented​ by porch (long story). It had a few cracks afterwards and as I had lots of other things to filler I decided to filler all of the cracks "while i was at ...
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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 ...