I had to cut a hole in my basement ceiling for a plumbing repair. The hole is rectangular and roughly 2ft square. The ceiling is blue-board with a skim coat of textured plaster. The plumber said it looks like it was done with a skip-trowel. The texture is very rough, almost like the plaster was just quickly applied and allowed to dry without smoothing.
Obviously, the BEST way to repair this is with real plaster. Since I have no experience working with plaster, and everyone I have talked to recommends staying away from it if you are not a pro, what else can I do? Are there any pre-mixed products suitable for this project? I'm thinking that regular joint-compound may be too soft.