Wall Repair

Matching Drywall To Plaster for a Smooth Transition

With most homes prior to the 1950’s mostly made with walls of lath and plaster, the inevitability of wall repair is pretty much unavoidable, from just repairing cracks to out  & out removal of large areas of plaster & lath.

Without going the purest route of repair with actual plaster, which involves multiple coats and drying time, we can use drywall to fill any holes or even large areas without removing more plaster than is necessary, as long as the remaining plaster is still stable and secure.

If you have removed all the plaster from a wall, corner to corner, top to bottom, and want to hang drywall, which may be the best option, then you need not read any further, just clean the studs and hang the drywall, but if your are matching portions of walls, then proceed. Read more…

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Simple Drywall Patch, No Tape, No Screen, No Nails

[nggallery id=1]Having to patch a fist sized hole on plaster or drywall without studs or backing is a simple process of using a scrap piece of drywall and all purpose drywall mud, or joint compound, we’ll call it ‘mud’, ‘all purpose’, or ‘topping’ from here.

We had to put a 2 inch plumbing vent stack in the wall and the hole in the plaster ceiling ended up a bit to big with no wood framing to screw to, no problem with this simple method of drywall / plaster repair. This area is about 2 x 4 inches, but this method will work up to a size of about 8 x 8 inches.  See pics here

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Plaster Wall Repair

Plaster wall repair can have two different methods, one being the actual use of plastering material for authentic restoration and the other for a purely functional repair involving placing sheet rock in place of the damaged plaster for the repair.

The problem with old plaster is, once it gets to cracked it can begin to crumble with the slightest disturbance in attempts to repair it. Both methods can have satisfactory results, but the one involving drywall will be easier for most people. Read more…

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Drywall Crack Repair

Drywall at some time or another cracks or gets damaged, most of the time the basics are the same whether it be a crack or a hole in the wall. Drywall crack repair involves just the most simple of materials and tools.

If the repair is just a crack, it may be because the wall or ceiling has a little movement which is more common on raised foundation floors, especially in older homes. If this is the situation you may need to shore up underneath.  Drywall does not usually crack if the foundation and framing are sound, but may separate at a joint because of  a poor tape joint. Read more…

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - March 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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