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  1. Drywall & Plaster
    I just replaced some windows and added new trim. The new trim is thinner than the old, and I need to paint over the area that was once covered as well as repair a large gap. Pictures included. How would I match the texture of the wall to give a seamless appearance? What kind of texture is this...
  2. Painting
    I know this topic has been discussed ad nauseum here and on paint talk, which I have spent the last 2 weeks reading through, but I find very few people have posted photos. I can't really gauge my situation against others without photos, so I've decided to post my own. I removed a wall and...
  3. Drywall & Plaster
    Good morning. First time poster. I have a 1918 vintage home. I am hoping to install recessed lighting in the main living/dining area (approximately 30 X 15). The ceiling is plaster over lath but was laminated with drywall at some point. There is one existing light in the ceiling so there is...
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    The fiberboard just looks pretty funky. Not a fan.
  5. Drywall & Plaster
    I recently bought my first house and I'm finding that the older plaster and lath wall construction is throwing me a curve ball. I have a small kitchen and would like to install a bookshelf-style pot rack so that I can make the best of what little space the room affords. I have been having a...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi all. Please help me clear up confusion from google and youtube. the job is small, finishing a relatively small wall area for an understairs WC but has plenty of inside corners Iv starting the jointing process and taping using joint compound and while i feel the finish is a little rough (im...
  7. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi! I am fixing up the plaster walls of a bathroom awant to skim coat it. What I’ve done so far: Questions This is my first time doing a project like this :) thank you for your help!
  8. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello (first post), I have an outdoor patio with a (I'm guessing) plaster ceiling. Since we've bought the house 2 years ago part of the ceiling has broken off and cracks are starting to get larger. I'm wondering what I can do to limit the growth of the cracks or fix it in general. A...
  9. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi all! I'm looking at this small bubble above a shower with what looks like it might be a little bit of dark mold spot on the ceiling. Some of the dark spot you see is mold, some is shadow. Pictures hopefully attached. The corner got painted in purple a bit at some point - I think the intent is...
  10. Drywall & Plaster
    hi all this is my plan, please feel free to comment if I am missing anything. I tried fishing wire, insulation in walls makes it very difficult tape walls vertically with painters tape use molding 3/4 by 1/2, screw molding into plaster wall use angle grinder along both sides of 3/4...
  11. Remodeling
    My son and I looked at a 90 year old house (for him). Price was $79k, it's a 3 bedroom, 1 bath home on 1/2 acre. It has new windows and new doors, new roof, and furnace is only 8 years old (oil forced air). It had the electrical upgraded to 100 amp breaker box more recently too. It will need...
  12. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello, Background I have a 1950's home with plaster walls and cast iron baseboard style radiators. When I purchased the home, above the radiators running along each wall was quarter round caked with 50 years of paint. The quarter round was removed to paint the walls and radiators but never...
  13. Drywall & Plaster
    I'm having trouble identifying a wall finishing so I know what to do with it. My house was built in 1923 but I don't know when this was installed but I think it's original. The room is a screened sleeping porch. The coating is sandy and rubs off easily. There appears to be lathe underneath but...
  14. Drywall & Plaster
    I have about 800 sq ft upstairs in my 1940s house which has never been finished. Look up and there's the roof. The 800 sf has 8ft or more headroom. I am thinking of an 'owner's suite' - bedroom, library and bathroom. Any reasonable estimate of 2x4 is about 200 pieces and 100 pieces of...
  15. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    We're doing reno of 1970s ranch and the walls are this really thick drywall/plaster/metal mesh stuff...very thick and heavy...a real bear to take down. In the bathroom, there was no shower before so it had tile only around this big tub and floor. We are doing a tub/shower in new location and...
  16. Drywall & Plaster
    My parents live in an old house with lathe and plaster walls. They have an unused chimney coming up through their living room. This chimney is covered directly with plaster-no convenient studs to work with. Here's my problem: I would like to mount a mantle on this wall. While it's not...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    I'm trying to use molly bolts to hang a guitar on a wall. I've done this exact thing several times before with no issue. This time something's different. I drilled two holes in the wall, then hammered the molly bolts into the wall. The end is now flush with the wall. The next step should be to...
  18. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello I need advice on how to treat efflorescence on plastered interior walls. I am building the future house of my family in Mozambique and some time (I can’t tell you how long) after the bricklayers had plastered the walls white stuff appears on it. It is only on the interior part of the south...
  19. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi all. I painted my bathroom a couple days ago and took a shelf/cabinet off the wall to do so. I have no idea how it was hanging and don't know how to put it back (PROPERLY). There were four screws visible holding the cabinet to the wall. When I started unscrewing it, I noticed the screws...
  20. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi, I have built a faux fireplace/shelving unit and found a diy solution for taping out "mortar" lines and then layering on plaster/drywall mud/spackle to fill in the faux brick areas and then pulling up the tape when it's still wet. I did a sample experiment with some spackle I had on hand and...
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