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    Re: How do you fix a ceiling.

    go to www.plastermagic.com and watch the videos.
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    Re: Paint over wallpaper on plaster wall

    Use a wallpaper steamer. Used correctly it removes the wallpaper and does nothing to the plaster.
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    Re: Horse hair plaster walls

    I have been repairing "horse hair" for thirty years. It is composed of lime, sand, and hair. The most cost effective method to remove wallpaper is to use a steamer. Plaster is most cost effective...
  4. Re: Caulking old walls prior to hanging drywall

    Thank you plastrr385. I could not have said it better. Whatever you replace the original plaster with WILL be inferior. Sheetrock is a modern material designed for modern buildings. Installing it in...
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    Re: Cutting plaster walls

    Mark out the hole you need to cut in the plaster/lath wall. Then stabilize the plaster around the cut line with plaster repair adhesive (www.plastermagic.com). After the adhesive is set use a rotary...
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    Re: Plastering still popular?

    To define the terms traditional plastering would be pre-1930 and conventional plaster would be post 1930. During the 1930's plaster and construction in general underwent big changes with some...
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    Re: 1910 Home

    Dealing with calcimine paint is simple but messy to deal with. Until you get rid of it the peeling of your paint will always come back. Thankfully its easy to remove, you accelerate the symptom by...
  8. Re: How to clean up the mess after stripping paint?

    Prevention is the best course. Sherwin Williams Paint in my area has a disposable tarp/dropcloth that is adsorbent paper on one side and plastic on the down side. This works way better than rosin...
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    Re: Need lots of help with plaster walls!

    I'm not sure what ******** **** has to do with plaster repair so I'm going to ignore that piece of the thread.

    For technique for filling in the holes I would agree with plastrr385. I would...
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    Re: watching in the uk

    The quickest suggestion I can offer is go to the PBS site and look through their videos. http://www.pbs.org/thisoldhouse/home/
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    Re: hole in the wall

    Plaster repair does not have to be difficult. I would suggest using adhesives to stablize the plaster onto the cement then in-fill with a bagged structo-lite plaster....
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    Re: plaster repair product recommendation

    The easiest method I have found is using adhesives and a little ready-mix joint compound. http://www.pbs.org/thisoldhouse/home/
    The link is to a video that shows how it can be done with a limited...
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    Re: Stripping Shellac

    I forgot to mention that I covered the batting with plastic sheeting to keep the alcohol from dripping and evaporating.
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    Re: fixing cracked plaster ceilings

    If you rake out the crack in the plaster and its pre-1930 you will weaken the plaster by ripping the fibrous binder. Putting paper tape and joint compound on plaster cracks is like painting a water...
  15. Re: Complete Restoration Of 1860 Home Turned Nightmare

    I will direct my attention to your brick/mortar and plaster. The original mortar is a lime and sand mixture. your bricks are most likely a soft fired brick, don't use modern mortar on them. It sounds...
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    Re: Stripping Shellac

    I have stripped shellac by taking cotton batting, soaking it in isopropanol (99%)and taping it in place. The shellac softened and sc****d easily.
  17. Re: historical preservation vs. staying warm

    Repair and maintain your old windows. The efficiency of well maintained old windows with wood storms is as good as any new window. The added benefit is that you or anyone can maintain them. The real...
  18. Re: repair or replace old windows with lead paint?

    Permanent replacement windows means that you can't fix them. Repair your old ones. When you are done you will still have good windows that can be maintained. Once the vinyl windows start to break...
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    Re: fixing cracked plaster ceilings

    The product you are looking for was demonstrated on Ask This Old House show #603, the web site is www.plastermagic.com
  20. Re: 1861 historic home-Whats the Style? 2nd Empire or Italianate?

    Second Empire. The mansard roof is the defining feature. Second Empire and Italianate are very similar. Mansard roofs were brought into fashion because during the Second Empire the real estate was...
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    Re: Loose lath

    The cost of every project is site specific. In general the important things to remember is that: It is almost always cheaper to repair than replace, Plaster has a much longer life span and track...
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    Re: insulation with knob and tube wiring

    When we purchased our house the insurance company gave us one month the have the knob and tube removed and/or rewire the entire house. We rewired. Rewiring would alleviate the problem and let you...
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    Re: Loose lath

    As long as the plaster is up it can be repaired. Anything you replace it with is designed for modern houses and not for historic houses and is nowhere as durable.
  24. Re: Questions on our new home - built in 1902

    I would suggest installing insulation in the attic and not the walls. Capping your house will save you 50% on you heating bill. Insulating the walls will only save you 10% plus it will create one big...
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    Re: Plaster Versus Efficiency

    I would advocate for retaining the plaster. You will not be able to replace the original plaster with anything as good or better. A talented electrician will be able to rewire the house without...
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