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Valerie Dyet

03:22AM | 12/18/01
Member Since: 12/09/01
2 lifetime posts
Bvbrush
I'm removing wallpaper from a 1905 home and will be repapering/painting
after plaster repairs are made.

I have several questions before continuing:

- There are a lot of cracks and corners that have separated: Some cracks
have been fixed (not very well) with drywall compound. Do you recommend
removing all drywall compound and replacing with plaster? Or is Compound 90 a
good product for fixing cracks, especially in corners where settling has
left gaps?

- No paint beneath wallpaper: After removing existing wallpaper, only
plaster remained: no walls had ever been painted. Does the plaster need to
be primed before painting/papering.

- A large spot (approx. 2-1/2 ft by 18 inches) on stairway wall was repaired
with what looks like cement (definitely not drywall compound): Is there a
wall repair product that looks like cement?

Iceman

10:15AM | 12/18/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
302 lifetime posts
Dear Vallerie,
I've seen a number of ways to repair plaster. Some good, some not so good and some I call hillbilly construction. What I do for the corners is remove the drywall compound and fill almost to the top with wallboard compound. Light, multiple coats with light sanding in between. The caulk will not shrink. For the larger holes, measure the depth of the plaster. Home depot sells drywall in patch sizes of varying thicknesses. Purchase the thickness as close to the depth of your plaster and screw the patch into the wooden lath. Tape and finish. Remember the plaster depth will vary all over your wall. drywall is sold in 1/4",3/8",1'2" & 5'8" thisknesses. Get a few different ones. Do not hammer the plaster from the wall. This will loosen the plaster you don't want removed. Get yourself a Roto-zip tool with a plaster bit and zip around your patch. The plaster will pull out. Mark the lath lines before you put the patch up. As far as concrete used for patching, there is no telling what some people will use for a filler. If it is solid and will sand, I'd leave it alone. If I can help more, get back to me.
Len
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