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DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-30-2011, 11:27 PM
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Posted By plasterguy
Yes, I would agree with others. Just scrape off...

Yes, I would agree with others. Just scrape off the peeling paint and when you are sure everything exposed is dry, do some spackle touch up and then repaint.

However, a simple way to deal with...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-30-2011, 11:12 PM
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Views: 6,826
Posted By plasterguy
I am afraid your solutions sound like a lot of...

I am afraid your solutions sound like a lot of work and I don't know if in the end you would really be happy with the results.

As messy as it is, scraping the popcorn off is most realistic. At...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 07-19-2010, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,180
Posted By plasterguy
bad water damage

Yup, Inspector D is right - you have pretty extensive water damage. After you have fixed the leak, then it's time to treat these walls.

As I look at your pictures, I think you may have old...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 07-19-2010, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 10,294
Posted By plasterguy
damaged walls

Wow, sounds like you have a bit of a mess.

Your basic instinct is right - put a complete coat of material over the whole mess. This is known as "skim coat". You can use all-purpose joint...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 07-19-2010, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By plasterguy
skim coat on ceiling

Once you have applied your first coat of all-purpose joint compound, it doesn't matter too much what you follow with - either the same or topping. The key is that usually either one is pretty easy...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 09-25-2008, 10:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,154
Posted By plasterguy
I agree that taking off the popcorn is the best...

I agree that taking off the popcorn is the best way to improve things. If it has asbestos, then protect yourself when you scrape it off. Wear some disposable clothing if you want, but for sure, you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 08-03-2008, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Posted By plasterguy
Smoothing old walls

Well, I have to agree. Skim coating is often the best way to prep an old
wall or ceiling for paint or new texture.

Some people struggle with this, and that may be because they do not have a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-28-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,108
Posted By plasterguy
joint compound in a box

I always buy joint compound in a box, as it is per unit cheaper than the five gallon bucket. But the key is, never try to work out of the plaster bag in the box. No matter how careful you are, you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 06-28-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,383
Posted By plasterguy
dealing with old texture

When I come up with old ugly texture in a client's house, I like to scrape off the high points where I can, clean the wall if needed, then apply 2 or 3 skim coats of joint compound. A final sanding,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-26-2008, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,400
Posted By plasterguy
chipping in on skim coating

Just want to add a few thoughts, a little late in the discussion.

I do a lot of skimcoating for clients, and I have had clients who wanted to
do their own, so they ask me for directions. They...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-11-2008, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 28,619
Posted By plasterguy
skim coating cinder block

You can do a skim coat on the blocks with joint compound. I have skim coated all kinds of stuff over the years, including concrete, and had it work just fine.

You need to be sure the blocks...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 04-11-2008, 11:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,172
Posted By plasterguy
what is drylining?

I think this is an English term for drywalling. I have read that modern homes in Britain sometimes have thin cinder block interior walls that they fasten drywall to. Maybe glue it in place? So, if...
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