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Old 02-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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I have a finished attic that I am remodeling. Old 60's wall paper on one wall with some cracks in plaster underneath. The ceiling is in good shape for the most part.
One major issue is that the previous homeowner decided to plaster over wall paper creating a texture swirl pattern on the slanted walls that are the roof line. I started scrapping at spots that were bubbling and cracking. Most of it is in tact and not coming up too easy. Therefore, I thought of just scraping what I could and try to match the existing swirl pattern with joint compound. I really would like to avoid the cost of gutting the plaster lath down to studs. Some options I thought of regarding repair:

1. Repairing cracks and trying to match the existing pattern.
2. Covering walls and ceiling with 1/4 drywall.
3. Gutting everthing and drywall (would like to avoid this)

I will post some pictures tonight but would really like some advice on this. Thanks.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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Cover with another layer.

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Here is a pic. Do you mean add another layer of joint compound on top of this? Thanks for any input.

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Not sure what the deal is. Sheetrocks about $6.00 a sheet. You have something that failing, far better to remove it and install new drywall.
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Sorry, I wasn't specific enough. I meant another layer of drywall. 1/4" or 1/2" (1/2" is actually cheaper). I would only demo as a last resort. With it being a 60's house, you don't know what's lying underneath that could be a health hazard. There could be lead based paint or the plaster and/or texture could contain asbestos....
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This slanted wall curves into the ceiling. I'd probably have to demo the slanted walls and ceiling due to the transition. Not sure what I'm going to do. Sheetrock is over 9.00 per sheet where I live a little more expensive.
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Rehanging walls and ceilings could eliminate the curve. You may need a little bit of shimming. Way less work and expense than demo. You'd have the extra tear-out labor, disposal of waste, etc. And you'd still have the same amount of drywall to purchase @ $9.00/sheet.....

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