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Old 06-05-2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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Looking into redoing an old house to live in. It was built in 1920, so has the old plaster wall's. Although they are not in bad shape, they are not in great shape.

I guess the options I have are to repair the original, tear the original down or rock over the original.

For the sake of money, time and longevity and time, what is the best route?

Also, what is an estimate for a 2000 sq ft house with 9' ceilings?

I do understand that I may lose all of the original "character" but I am ok with that as I want fresh, clean and new (inside).

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I'd scratch the thought of rocking over the existing plaster from your list of options if I were you.

Plastering walls is truly an art, and requires a good amount of technique and practice to master. Therefore, I can tell you there's no way I'd tackle re-plastering (or even skim-coating) the walls myself as a DIY project. A DIY-er can get it done, but it probably won't look professional.

If you want a clean new look, I think your best option is to replace the lathe and plaster with gypsum wallboard. The demolition is not fun, and there is a lot of work involved in removing old lathe and plaster, but I think the end result will be much better.

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question though as I have been thinking the same thing.

IF I am going to rip it all down and re-rock, why rip it down in the first place?

I would take all the molding off and have it replaced.
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How is the insulation/electrical/plumbing? Not to spend others money, but if you plan to live in this house for a while, consider upgrading. If they are ok, I'd call a plasterer for an estimate. By adding drywall over the top of the existing plaster you will need to extend your window and door jambs.
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question though as I have been thinking the same thing.

IF I am going to rip it all down and re-rock, why rip it down in the first place?

I would take all the molding off and have it replaced.
Not sure I understand the question. Why rip the plaster down? Because sheetrock must be applied to a perfectly flat surface in order to look good. Slight bows and depressions in the plaster will telegraph through the sheetrock. And, like 47 47 said, you'll have to re-build all your windows' jamb extensions and doors' jambs.
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Got ya.

So my best bet will more then likley be to have the plaster reapired, after needed work is done to any electrical/plumbing/HVAC work.

In room that I need to gut (ie: kitchen/Bathroom) just go all new rock.
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Probably so. Plasterers are getting to be a rare breed anymore, so you might compare costs before taking the plunge.
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In any rooms possible, I would just skim coat all the walls/ceilings. That can get them looking new again. But, I would suggest getting a profesional to do this. It would save you alot of time, effort, and $$$$$ in the long run.
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ya, definately would not try that myself. The issue will be finding someone to do the repair work.
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dcd22, Once you do find someone, get a few references to make sure that they are the right tradesman for your job.
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