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12:55PM | 08/30/02
Member Since: 08/29/02
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I live in a house that was built in 1923. Yeah, she's old, but beautiful. I am repainting a room, but the ceiling is a mess. Over the years, all the many snaking cracks in the original plaster have been patched and repatched, so the ceiling looks like a matrix of worm trails. I know I need to refloat the whole thing (not looking forward to this), but my question is what product should I use? Should I use an elastic crack filler, drywall compound, fixall? What is going to stick well, minimize future cracking, and have ease of application (without having to mix batch after batch)? Is there something specific anyone recommends? Thanks all.

doug seibert

07:05AM | 09/04/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Just a general idea ...........You need to secure any loose plaster to the supports with big flat plaster washers......Under cut any cracks so the plaster has a KEY..........Paint all broken surfaces with a Latex Ad-mix straight from the bottle(looks like milk......seals the old plaster so it doesn't s*** all the moisture from the patch and 'glues' the materials ...........I mix any dry plaster with the same AD-MIX instead of water to make a strong flexible patch.........Yes, You need to mix batch after batch of plaster......applying in layers to completely fill the damage.......Trowel or knife tightly to keep finishing to a minimum........Use a damp sponge while the plaster is almost set to recreate the surface texture of the surrounding

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08:30PM | 09/04/02
Member Since: 08/29/02
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thanks Doug. Alot of useful info, and a lot of work ahead....

Paul in Toronto

01:02PM | 09/05/02
Member Since: 10/07/01
51 lifetime posts
I have a tip that might help you float your ceiling a little quicker.

Apply the drywall compound with a taping knife or a trowel and then use a 3ft or 4ft length of C Channel (the channel that metal studs fit into)to smooth and even out the drywall compound. You hold the wide edge of the channel at a 45 degree angle to the ceiling and using both hands drag/pull the channel towards yourself. This allows you to cover a bigger area and it also helps level uneven areas of the ceiling. You might need to fine tune with a smaller knife or trowel.

I tried this tip after seeing it on television and found it to work quite well.

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