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Nictrolis 03-18-2009 02:28 PM

Plaster Wall Repairs
New member, first post!

I recently moved into my "new" house. Having been built in 1910, all of the walls are plaster and lath. Oops - that's horsehair, plaster and lath. I'm just getting to thinking about preparing the walls for new paint, but I'm curious about what problems I might run into.

First - when does the wall need to be replaced? Is it just wait until it starts falling in chunks, or if it's getting soft?

Second - what to use to repair surface imperfections? Is a regular drywall compound ok, or should I be looking for something plaster-specific?

Any other tips would be appreciated as well. Thanks!!

spaz2965 03-18-2009 08:00 PM

you can overlay with drywall or gut wall as it doesn't have insulation in it

glennjanie 03-18-2009 09:26 PM

Welcome Nictrolis:
I have seen old plaster patched up with drywall compound and it worked very well. It will be much easier to handle than plaster too.

GBR 03-19-2009 10:25 PM

Welcome, one newbie to another! I learned a few tips from this site, just goggle-- Plaster- walls- ceiling- solutions . I hope it helps you. Be safe, GBR

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