Plaster Ceiling

Old 08-20-00, 06:20 PM
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I just bought a home approx. 100 years old. The plaster in the ceilings has begun to separate from the lathing. This is particularly true around the edges. Any suggestions?
Old 09-11-00, 01:05 PM
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Sounds like my house. Removal is particularly messy. With blown in insulation in my attic I'm not inclined to pull that one down especially. The easiest fix I know is covering over it with drywall. 3/8" is the lightest to hold up over your head. Use 2" drywall screws, trying as best you can to hit joists. Tape the joints, applying 3 coats of joint compound. If you're light in drywall experience you may not want to tackle the perimeter along the walls, corners can be tricky, but don't panic! A simple crown moulding looks neat, provides a little extra support, and is quite acceptable.


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