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Papasmurph4

06:47AM | 07/20/04
Member Since: 07/19/04
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I just purchased a house which was built in the 1880s. Most of the walls are of horsehair plaster (and clovered with wall paper) and though most are in good shape, some are in need of repair. There are several places, for example where the plaster is bulging from the wall and there are several more places where there are some unsightly holes that need filling. A friend of mine suggested that it would be better to cover the walls with 1/4 wall board but I am wondering if that is really necessary. Any suggestion on how to repair these "ancient" wall without costing me an arm and a leg?

Finally, any advice on removing the wall paper?

Kieran

bicdaddy

10:40AM | 08/20/04
Member Since: 08/19/04
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I've just purchased an old New Englander built in 1910, and amongst other issues (namely electrical and heating) this house has plaster problems. There is wallpaper aplenty, and bulging/cracking plaster walls that need repair. Any advice would be most useful.

waterwatt

11:23AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 11/13/04
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I have just purchased a 150 year old home. I have some areas that need repair also, such as holes in a sitting room walls where the previous owners put a clothes closet. And the foyer which just has cracks. anyone know how to repair?

Papasmurph4

09:56AM | 11/26/04
Member Since: 07/19/04
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Well ... with the advice of a friend who use to do drywalling, I removed the lose plaster and filled the small areas with drywall joint compound and the big areas with drywall cut to size. Afterward I skimmed all of the walls with the joint compound. It took a while(since I had never done such a thing before) but it turned out really nice.

I would like to learn what you all did to solve your problem. Learning news ways is always a good thing.
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