Curved Plaster wall cracking.


Old 09-20-00, 12:36 PM
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All of the exterior walls on the second floor of my house have gently curved plaster joining the walls to the ceiling. The plaster is in excellent condition in the three bedrooms and one of the bathrooms. However, in the second bathroom the cracking in the plaster is so extensive that it resembles a spider web. The previous owner said that they had tried to fix this with a new coat of plaster but the cracks came back. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-20-00, 04:49 PM
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A pro painter friend of mine (with more than 40 years experience) developed a trick for fixing cracks in plaster walls/ceilings.
He cuts 6"-8" strips of black plastic "screen wire" (vinyl, I think) and muds it over the cracks just like you would sheetrock tape. It covers them and has enough strength and elasticity to keep the cracks from coming back.
Try it. He swears that it works like a charm.
Good Luck!
Old 09-21-00, 08:50 PM
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If you do try OldGuy's suggestion, just use fiberglass mesh meant for taping drywall joints. It's self adhesive and as strong as fiberglass window screen.

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