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  1. Fixing crumbling and falling apart outdoor plaster ceiling

    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...
  2. Ceiling Bubble

    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...
  3. proposed idea for running wire in plaster

    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...
  4. 90 year old house

    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...
  5. Patching unfinished edge at bottom of plaster wall?

    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...
  6. Help Identifying Material

    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...
  7. Drywall or plaster???

    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...
  8. To vapor or not to vapor....

    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...
  9. mounting heavy object to plaster covered brick chimney

    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...
  10. Broken Molly Bolt?

    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...
  11. efflorescence on plastered clay-block wall

    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...
  12. Hanging Heavy Cabinet in Bathroom

    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...
  13. Plaster vs Spackle consistency - non-traditional use

    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...
  14. HELP with the UGLIEST plaster job ever

    Drywall & Plaster
    Apparently there was wood paneling glued to the drywall. The paneling was ripped off, some terrible plaster job was done (without much sanding), then painted. I'd like to repair and smooth all of these problem areas. I just don't know the best way. Should I try and scrape them off, sand, cut...
  15. Help! Trying to repair wall - don't know what it's made of

    Drywall & Plaster
    Hello, Let me start off by saying - I am a first time home owner who is trying to figure things out as I go... At first I thought repairing these walls in my closets would be a fairly "easy" task... But now I'm second guessing myself. Coming here to get some tips. I'd love to do this repair...
  16. What was done to this plaster top coat? Trying to replace it

    Drywall & Plaster
    Going to have cabinets put in soon, and upon taking down and old cabinet a large chunk of a top coat type material cracked and fell to the floor and exposed what looks like good condition plaster. This used to be a rental unit, and it looks like the previous owner covered up some old...
  17. Removing beadboard / shiplap over plaster ?

    Drywall & Plaster
    Hello! I'm a new homeowner of a charming 1950's style brick capecod home! Exciting as it is, there are many updates (cosmetic and other) to do in order to make it our own. The previous owners went a little "crazy" installing 6' beadboard on every wall and over every ceiling, and installing one...
  18. Prepping Plaster Walls for Painting

    Painting
    Hi there, I have just had my walls re-plastered in a bedroom in my house. I live in a 103 year old house and this particular room's walls seemed to have some water damage. So, we got the walls professionally plastered and they did a nice job smoothing it out. About a month ago, we primed the...
  19. architect built home with drywall and plaster skim?

    Drywall & Plaster
    Hi group, I am trying to help my girl who has a 1989 custom architect built home in New Haven CT. She's the 2nd owner and my issue is having to cut 6 2x2' holes in a dropped ceiling to add a dryer duct. The drywall has a thin layer of skim that was really hard to cut into. She said it was...
  20. Asbestos in 1960's Drywall?

    Drywall & Plaster
    I recently took an asbestos awareness training class for my maintenance job at a school. I learned that both plaster and drywall may contain it. Ironically, I did a minor demolition in which my wife and I removed plaster from the 1930's and drywall from the 1960's, a week before the class. I...
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