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Old 07-08-2007, 06:38 PM   #1
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I just bought my first home, built in 1938, and all of the walls are plaster and cracks in every room. I do eventually plan on replacing them with sheet rock, but for now I plan on using joint compound and painting over the cracks, but I am afraid that the compound will still show through the paint. Are there any tips to avoid this?

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I just bought my first home, built in 1938, and all of the walls are plaster and cracks in every room. I do eventually plan on replacing them with sheet rock, but for now I plan on using joint compound and painting over the cracks, but I am afraid that the compound will still show through the paint. Are there any tips to avoid this?
Only way to hide the lengthy areas of the patches of compound is to: Do you crack patches, and then skim coat the wall area over to blend and attempt to hide the work.

Other option (which is a permanent repair and is seamless and undetectable (if done right) is to install 1/4" to 3/8" sheetrock over the walls using 1 5/8" dywall screws.

Example of an apartment (walls: old horsehair plaster gone over with 3/8" sheetrock. Dropped grid ceilings ripped out, reframed with new 1/2" sheetrock & new ceiling lighting added):



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I didn't realize that I could install sheet rock over the existing wall. That helps alot. However, I do neet to replace a lot of electrical, but that may still cut down a lot of work. Thanks.
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