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Old 03-06-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Plaster walls covered with panelling


We have a room where the plaster walls are covered with panelling. We were able to peek behind a piece and it looked as though there were a lot of cracks. If the walls are falling apart underneath, is the option of just drywalling over them completely dead in the water? We have absolutely no way of repairing the old walls but loathe the panelling.
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We have a room where the plaster walls are covered with paneling.
We were able to peek behind a piece and it looked as though there were a lot of cracks.
Whether they're actually plaster or just a skim coat over something else the previous owner went with the cheap fix of paneling.

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If the walls are falling apart underneath...
Ideally you'll remove the paneling AND whatever the wall is right down to the studs. Then you can start over, including insulation, with fresh sheet rock.

You could also just remove the paneling and apply THIN sheetrock. But it's hard to make that call before you have the mess on the floor.
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Been dealing with this room by room in my 100 year old home. I kept the plaster on the walls that were semi flat with few cracks (it's 3/4-1" thick and is probably my main insulation!)

But 2 bedrooms and the old kitchen (now just an extra room) had bad, bad cracking and separation from the lath. So down came the plaster. It is a dusty, dirty, and extremely heavy exercise, I'll tell you. 5 gal buckets and a dumpster will be your friend. Then I went with the thickest drywall I could find after insulating every nook and cranny.

Good luck!
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Should have been fire blocked at the top and bottom of the walls, air seal any gaps, wiring up dated, insulated, vapor barrier before the sheetrock.
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Should have been fire blocked at the top and bottom of the walls, air seal any gaps, wiring up dated, insulated, vapor barrier before the sheetrock.
For me, that's all a given. Considering the walls were down to studs for about 6 months. Nothing happens fast around here.
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Why is there no way to fix it right?
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