Plaster Wall Repairs

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  1. Mar 18, 2009 #1

    Nictrolis

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    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!!
     
  2. Mar 19, 2009 #2

    spaz2965

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    you can overlay with drywall or gut wall as it doesn't have insulation in it
     
  3. Mar 19, 2009 #3

    glennjanie

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    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.
    Glenn
     
  4. Mar 20, 2009 #4

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    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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