Because the plaster and lath form an integral sheet, like a piece of drywall, it may go back up without a problem. For instance, the right crack can look like the branch of a tree; consider painting a tree trunk nearby and adding leaves, birds, and similar details around it. Mirrors also have the added benefit of making the room look bigger. First you need to figure out what the source of the damage is. And new forced hot water heater is system going in… Could make that job easier too. You may reach this stage without any noticeable water stains, but when this happens, a portion of the plaster will have to be removed and patched.
That plaster really, really wanted to stick to the shaky butts. If your paying for the drywall anyway, removing the plaster is only labor. Most contractors or homeowners would look at this as a lost cause and move right into ripping the whole thing down. Just go over with drywall whether demo or not, and not plaster? The work took a long time and was very labor intensive. The walls of any pre-war house are most likely wood lath like in this picture covered with 3 coats of plaster.
Early detection means the problem is easier to fix before it gets too bad. These show up on both ceilings and walls, but can be the most dangerous on ceilings. Instead of trying to hide any imperfections in your wall, work with them by creating a large mural incorporating the uneven elements. Plaster can also be damaged from the normal stresses and strains of people living in a house: holes from wall hangings, scratches from furniture, spilled liquids. Or tear it all down? Repairing holes and crumbled plaster requires removing the damage and patching empty spaces.
Let the patch dry and apply a coat of finishing plaster. I am looking at purchasing a 2 story brick Victorian home from 1890. Over the years, plaster can dry out and lose its holding strength, or weaken from vibration, and the keys begin to break away. At hairline sizes, they cannot be patched until there is something for the patch to adhere to. I prefer to use the brown bag setting type joint compound for my skim coating.
Smooth over the new plaster with the trowel whilst continuing to flick water on it. The smoothness of the plaster when you get that off is such a treat and the color is pleasant enough that I might not repaint. I hope that helps and best of luck to you! Settling of a house or the occasional earthquake can speed this process. The fiberglass mesh is brilliant, thank you! Using a hobby knife or sharp chisel, cut out your hole and cut the laths back onto the timber studs. Getting the surface coat smooth can be tricky, especially if the hole is large and you have limited plastering skills. Sit back, relax, clean up your tools, and admire your hard work. If it is too much to handle.
We need to invent some sort of teleportation solution so it doesn't take us so long to get there. Opening the exterior stucco compromises your black paper moisture barrier and waterproofing and patching the stucco is much more involved than the interior repair. The first coat of plaster oozes through spaces between horizontal strips of wood, called lath, and settles down slightly on the back side. I paid extra for the wall patch and paint. Long screws with washer heads are used to pull the drywall and old ceiling back up to the framing, or as close to level as possible.
Carefully carve under the edge of the broken plaster, in order to provide a good seat for the plaster patch. The plaster can now be applied to the wall. I have cracks in walls and ceilings. You may decide to hire the guy who knows his stuff. What you will find behind that lath is heavy gauge wire that supports the brick on the outside.
The diagram above shows the timber batten across 3 studs, but between two is fine. I love the ideal that your home's trim and details might be lurking just behind a layer of drywall. Rick, My husband is anxious to try some plastering and this might be his chance to give it a try. Best of luck to you! Are there anyways to make the walls look smoother without stripping off all the paint? But for us, our plaster is a mish-mash of layer after layer of paint, patched drywall areas, and who knows what else. Think drywall, but drywall made from cement with a plaster skim coat from about 1900.
But that was before we understood. Try to hit a strip of lath with every hole you drill. Repairing plaster over masonry requires fewer steps than plaster over lathe and will give you a smooth, clean surface once again. My house is on the north coast of Massachusetts and built in 1850. However, what do we do about the ceiling cracks? Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles.
We want to demo a wall that is separating the kitchen and dining room. It just takes a little spackling compound to repair fine cracks, nail holes, and gouges in a firmly anchored plaster wall. I've found it works best to add some water to the bucket first, then add about half the amount of joint compound you actually want to mix up. The lath can also pull away from the framing. Once you've covered the area of wall where you need to work, the next step achieves what can be considered the plaster's new isolation layer. Cracks Hairline and larger cracks need more than a skim coat of drywall joint compound. When we started this whole thing the plaster on the ceiling was textured and in bad shape.