Thanks in advance for your help. I had some foundation problems that were dealt with over a year ago. They resulted in this crack in my wall (see photo). I filled in the crack with silicone. I attached a picture of the plaster texture of the wall. My questions are:
*do I need to further prep the wall before start applying plaster (as you can see, I started to apply plaster but quckly stopped), i.e. do I need to put tape on, etc.
*do I have to use plaster? can I use joint compound? based on the pic of the texture, what would you recommend?
*based on the pic of the texture and the crack, what would you recommend for steps and tools to apply the texture?
I do realize that a pro could make this look like new but I simply don't have the budget (wedding and new kitchen to pay for). Additionally, this place will be a rental in the near future and I am not too concerned about asthetics. So any thoughts? Thanks!
The silicone application, well....it might have appeared to be a good idea at the time, but unless you are willing to remove it as part of a proper plaster repair I don't think any long term restoration is going to be satisfactory. ( The problem is adhesion to the silicone).
If you want something that you won't have to fix every year (remove the silicone.) search PLASTER CRACK REPAIR many detailed great posts on this site.
or play with "fresh start" soupy joint compound, a brush, a sponge, and paint. Then you can try something else next year.