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Old 03-26-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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A friend cut an arched opening into a wall between two rooms for me a couple of years ago. He didn't finish it out well. He put a metal edging around the opening corners and tried to plaster over it and then I painted it.
well now a few years later the plaster is falling off, the metal is showing and needs fixing. The edge around the opening needs fixing. How do I do this? There was no archway built only a fill in after the opening was cut between the two walls. Is plastering the only way or best way to fix this? And how do I get the plaster to adhere to the opening and wall? I am not a carpenter so please talk in easy to understand language. Thank you

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the archway shouldve been framed out with plywood, then sheetrocked then attach flexible corner bead and then, lotta of thens, and then apply the mud, sand and reapet three times and the final then, then painted

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II WEEKS has the right idea. Plywood to "frame" the outline of the arch on either side of the wall. Blocks of 2"x4" every 3" or 4" inches between the plywood, around the bottom of the arch to fasten the drywall to. Depending on the size of the arch, either a layer of 1/2" or 2 layers of 1/4" drywall around the bottom of the radius. (1/4" bends easier if it's a small opening.) Drywall only needs to be fastened on every 3rd or 4th piece of 2"x around the radius. Adhesive should be applied to ALL radius framing members. HD or Lowes should stock a flexible, "paper", arch bead that can be "mudded" onto the arch. It is made by "Strait Flex". Use setting type compound to apply the bead and for at least the first coat over the bead. You may want to consider hiring a professional to do the repair.......
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A friend cut an arched opening into a wall between two rooms for me a couple of years ago. He didn't finish it out well. He put a metal edging around the opening corners and tried to plaster over it and then I painted it.
well now a few years later the plaster is falling off, the metal is showing and needs fixing. The edge around the opening needs fixing. How do I do this? There was no archway built only a fill in after the opening was cut between the two walls. Is plastering the only way or best way to fix this? And how do I get the plaster to adhere to the opening and wall? I am not a carpenter so please talk in easy to understand language. Thank you
Your archway is flexing slightly and the hardened plaster, having no 'give' is flaking off. The only way to really fix this is to follow the instructions above.
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