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Old 01-24-2008, 10:22 AM   #16
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Ayuh,....
The 1st thing to do is Find the source of the Leak,+ Fix it......

Then you can knock out the damaged areas,+ repair them......

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Old 01-24-2008, 10:26 AM   #17
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It is hard to tell from the photos if other options other then Remove and replace might work.

You could try scrapping off all the nasty...get to good clean undamaged surface if you can. Old trick was to thin down oil paint ..apply with brush..let soak in as much as possible... this is attempting to put life back in the old dead plaster... apply plaster or joint compound to match surface..

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Double post ? sorry but I need to write five words
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:21 PM   #19
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You need to identify the source of the moisture. If it still exists, then repairing the wall won't help.

If you don't know how to repair plaster, then hire a professional. It can turn real ugly when you don't know what you're doing.

You might consider replacing the plaster with drywall, but as a previous poster suggested you will need to remove everything down to the bare framing.

If you go that route, use the opportunity to check for undetected wood rot. If there has been a continuous moisture problem, you may have to replace some wood as well.
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oh ok thanks for the help
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Is the surface still damp?
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:54 PM   #22
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so what do you think i should do???
or whats the best thing i can do to fix it???
First off, to determine if it contains asbestos, contact a state agency that handles that. They can analyze a sample.
As far as repairing it, I would suggest that you would have to mark off and area with straight lines (plumb and horizontal). Remove the window casings carefully, and cut out the bad areas of plaster.

Next: Look for the cause...and fix that first, as already stated.

Once that is done: Replace the cut out areas with sheetrock If it is an "off-sized" thickness, it can be duplicated by either furring out the framing in that area, or thru multiple laying of sheetrock. Coat with compound per standard procedure. Sand and paint.
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That looks like deteriorated plaster. Looks like moisture/water damage.
Could it have asbestos in it? possibly. You could have it tested to find out.

Whatever it is (wall material), the damaged areas would have to be removed down to bare framing and repaired...
Agreed, looks like paint blistered off of plaster from moisture problem. Probably need to look no further than two feet up the wall to that obvious old wooden window for the source. Inspect and repair the window to stop the water and repair like Atlantic said; a swipe of drywall mud and a coat of paint (as some will suggest, I'm sure) will only postpone the proper fix for a month before it falls off.
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Yup...looks like water damage to me.

Like Atlantic WBconst said, you need to replace the damaged area but I would also find the source. It looks like the area(s) are next too and underneath a window. You probably have a problem around the outside of the window.

Can you post a picture of the window from the outside?
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Sorry. Looks like I gave the same answer as others. I need to read on before responding... ;-)
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It's water damage from the window. open 6the wall, find the leak and repair the wall. The sill is probably rotten. or the flashing is compromised.
Give me a break about testing for asbestos.
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