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Interior Block Wall - Plaster or Drywall Mud


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08-03-09, 10:54 PM   #1  
Interior Block Wall - Plaster or Drywall Mud

I want, need to cover a cinder block wall inside .
Want to give it a new look .
Plaster or drywall mud it ?
I read that plaster is quick setting and not nearly as easy as drywall mud to use.

Any light to be shed on this project .

Drywall mud can be applied thick ?
Or does it have to applied a little at a time to get thickness ?


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08-04-09, 04:00 AM   #2  
What is on the block now? paint? raw block?

Joint compound will crack as it dries [shrinks] if it's applied to thick. Since I don't have any experience working with plaster I usually use a setting compound like durabond - it dries hard so you want to apply it in a manner that requires no/little sanding. I'll often top coat with j/c because it sands easy.

Exterior block is normally stucco'd with a mortar/stucco mix. I don't know if this would be the correct method for the interior. One of our plaster pros should be by later with some good advice


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08-04-09, 02:42 PM   #3  
Has the wall been painted?
Is it above or below grade?
Are the blocks really cinderblock (lightweight)
or are they concrete masonry units?

What part of the country are you in?

Is the wall cold in winter?

How long do you want your job to last?

 
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08-04-09, 10:34 PM   #4  
Posted By: tightcoat Has the wall been painted?
Is it above or below grade?
Are the blocks really cinderblock (lightweight)
or are they concrete masonry units?

What part of the country are you in?

Is the wall cold in winter?

How long do you want your job to last?
It's a passive solar home , dirt up as much a 4 feet on some sides , looks like cement over block , real cinder block , looks ugly , want to smooth it out for a cleaner look .
Ariz Central , near Sedona
Wall had been painted white
Thanks for the help

 
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08-05-09, 09:52 AM   #5  
Do you have any sign of moisture coming in from outside? How is the outside below the grade waterproofed?

 
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08-11-09, 07:51 PM   #6  
This is how we do a basement in our neck of the woods. It will also give you the finish look.

YouTube - Best way to insulate a basement 800x600

 
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