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NJlife

09:47AM | 03/19/02
Member Since: 03/18/02
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The entire house has plaster walls and ceilings. I plastered and sanded one room to remove alot of 'rough spots'. The previous owner never primed or sanded the walls after removing wallpaper. This was a lot of work. Is this the only solution? What about cracks in the ceilings? Plastering the ceiling is impossible! Help!

GlennG

12:35PM | 03/19/02
To repair cracks in plaster walls or ceilings do the following:
1. Use a fiberglass tape 2” wide (or as large as 4"-6" wide) to cover the length of the crack. (Wider tape is better for wide cracks.) You will find this tape in your local home improvement center in the drywall department.
2. Use joint compound and a 4” taping knife to cover the tape.
3. Wait 24 hours or until completely dry, sand lightly, and apply a second coat of joint compound over the first covering a slightly wider area. Using an 6” knife this time will help.
4. Repeat step 3 covering an even larger area using an 8"-10” knife. (You can use a smaller knife for any of these applications but a larger one with each coat makes the job easier and will give better results.)
Sand lightly to remove any high spots and paint.

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