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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 you tile on finished plaster wall in a shower?

My house was built in 1925, it has plaster walls. The area around the bathtub/shower is only tiled halfway up the wall. We recently hired someone to finish the tiling up to the showerhead, and he ...
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Plastering over a junction box

I've got a switch box on a wall, it was originally meant to be a three-way with the switch outside, but that is not necessary and right now it is just functioning as a pass-through. I know you can't ...
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Prepping a plaster wall for painting

I have a 100 year old house in the Midwest. I took off a chair rail trim that was put up in the last couple years. Removing it peeled off several layers of paint from the wall in a few spots. And ...
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Building a stud wall around cornice

I'm building a short stud wall across an alcove, to give us a built in wardrobe. I'm intending to frame the wall with the timber laid out on the ground then to lift the frame into place and secure to ...
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How should I pretreat this wall for an additional layer of cement?

I want to fix a damaged wall, and make it flush with a wall above it, which is about an inch more narrow. To do this, I was thinking of putting a layer of a cement-sand mixture on top of the existing ...
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Is this mold in my bathroom?

Moved into a new house and the bathroom has a foul odour and i suspect it has something to do with he black stuff all over the place. Could it be mold?
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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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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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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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Broke plaster anchoring electrical box

I put a little too much pressure on my electrical box when tightening down a new switch. It was previously anchored by what I believe was overhanging tabs on both the top and bottom of the plaster, ...
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How can I accurately locate bricks covered in stucco or plaster?

Where I live, most houses are old and have red brick walls. On the inside, the walls are covered by stucco or plaster and then some decorative layer. The plaster and mortar in the walls are generally ...
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Light fitting plastered into ceiling

Hoping someone can help... I recently had some plaster work done throughout my house. Skimming on the walls and new board on the ceiling. Annoyingly, the chap has plastered around the light ...
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Should I patch or do the whole wall?

We removed a load bearing wall and installed a header. For this we opened up two walls, Pictures are below. My drywall guys says, patching these two area will standout. He is suggesting that he will ...
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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 ...
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attaching floating shelves to solid wall with anchor screws

I'm currently attempting to install a couple of Ikea 'LACK' floating shelves, but am having difficulty with the screw fixings (metal anchors) not sitting securely in the wall, and could do with a bit ...
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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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Can I add a small stud on top of a plaster wall?

I am covering an old room that has ugly wavy, bumpy, stylized plaster walls. I've looked into all of the options to remove the bumps and it will be simpler to cover it with wallboard. The issue: One ...
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How should I plaster a hole in the wall on top of thermalite?

I have a hole in my wall which is about 300x300mm, approx. 30mm deep going back to thermalite block. I only have experience with smaller patching-up jobs, so I'm unsure how to approach it. My ...
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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall…need troubleshooting advice!

I have been trying to find advice on how to do something similar to patch a rock lath plaster wall around my thermostat wires. It doesn't look like the original screws were screwed into anything ...
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How to avoid nailheads in stud behind plaster?

Goal: I'd like to install a wall mounted shelf system in my bedroom. It's composed of vertical wood rails that screw into the wall, and then shelves and cabinets are hung off of the rails. ...
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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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Do vertical cracks in old plaster wall along studs indicate a structural problem

My house was built in 1908 and still has its original plaster walls. One of the upstairs bedroom's wall has vertical cracks from floor to ceiling along the studs-3 studs in a row in the center of the ...
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special primer to use after skim coasting horsehair plaster

We just had our dining room which has horsehair plaster skim coated. We did not prime first as we were unaware we had to do that. When i went to buy the paint, the service man told us that we had to ...
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Why did my plaster walls stop half inch above floor and expose room to wall cavity?

My home was built in the 1930s. I recently pulled up my carpet to get it replaced. When I did this, I noticed that the plaster walls stopped half an inch above the hardwood floor. It looked very ...
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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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Cut vs patch plaster and wire mesh

I'm replacing the ceiling of a window-seat that was damaged by water. On the wall above the window seat, I've got an area of wall where the top layer of plaster has come off. The top layer appears 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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What is the likelihood of asbestos in this plaster?

The plaster in the following images is from 1958. What is the likelihood of it containing asbestos?

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