First our house is approx. 80+ years old. There is no paper trail so we are not sure of the exact age and I am sure it must be much older than that.
The entire house needs work. First we started with a small bedroom because neither my husband or I are very skilled. While the bedroom turned out rather aestheticcally appealing, the hard fact is we messed up the walls. My husband suggested using some type of fill for the cracks that would expand and contract with the walls. So in essence no more cracks. What he failed to tell me is that this stays soft. If you press it, it will indent. If you want to put a nail where it is, your out of luck. I wasn't very happy with this after I found out.
Now we are doing our living room. And oh the nightmare! The walls were covered under layers and layers of wallpaper. (Some of the most hideous stuff I have ever seen!) And on top of the wallpaper were layers and layers of paint! So removal has been a joy. And now we can see some significant cracks that run from the floor to the ceiling on a diagonal. There must be at least 5 or more serious cracks. (Quite a few smaller and less serious ones too.) I have seen that the walls have a green hue to them and it chips off. I do not believe it is paint. Under the greenish stuff the walls look speckled like a bird's egg and resemble cement. Some old type of plaster I assume. And a couple of the corners are crumbling. Huge chunks are out and my husband has no idea what to do. He wants to patch the chunks back in and I say you can't do that.
There was also a drop down ceiling in the room. I cried after we took it down. It was nearly a foot of space and covered up the woodwork around the windows. But the mess underneath was unbelievable. There were some cracks but that wasn't the worst. When they put up the ceiling they must have been hunting for studs. There are holes the size of quarters punched everywhere! Dozens of them!
That is the way things go in old homes I know but my problem lies with how my husband wants to fix this. Of course he would like to use the same easy material that he used in the bedroom. I say NO! But he has no idea where to start and how to fix these problems and to make matters worse we are on a time schedule!
Any suggestions as far as books, repair tapes, websites with instructions and pictures, or ANYTHING would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Cheryl