05:15AM | 09/13/01
Member Since: 09/12/01
8 lifetime posts
I recently bought a new home that has what loks like original plaster from the early 1930's. Several of the walls are extremely bowed (my best guess would say 6-8 inches on the worst walls). I have nothing attached to the walls that might bow the plaster, but past owners might have.

My question is what can I do to fix this? Do I need to replace the whole wall? And is there I anything I should do to minimize this getting any worse?

Jay J

05:57AM | 09/13/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi benrobin,

Did you folks have a Home Inspection??? If so, what did he/she say about it?

The cause of the bow is not going to be easy to determine. You said that the home is a 'new home' but I don't think you mean you bought a home that was just built, no/yes?

If the plaster is from the original 1930's (meaning that the home is not a 'new home' per my definition), the cause could simply be a build-up of plaster. As to why that is, I can't say. It could be that something is 'pushing' the wall out. It could be the 'character' of the home.

From the limited information you've provided, you may need a Pro to take a look at the situation. W/O knowing the cause, it's hard to answer your questions on how to fix it, on whether or not the wall needs to be 'replaced', or what to do to minimize the problem.

NOW, if the wall is simply drywall, maybe it needs more screws. Or maybe the insulation has 'fallen' and over the years has pushed the wall out. Again, someone needs to evaluate the situation before a solution can be offered. And that is something none of 'us' can do from here. ONCE you find out the cause, come back and we'll 'talk' about a solution.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


09:29AM | 09/14/01
Member Since: 09/12/01
8 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply. You are right, it was an existing home not new construction.

The walls are definitely plaster, and the contractor who inspected the home just said it was normal for plaster to do this. "Part of the character" like you said.

I will talk to a pro and see what they say. Thanks for the help.

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