Plaster repairs on old house

Old 07-21-02, 04:15 PM
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Plaster repairs on old house

I just bought an old house and have some plaster repairs to do. Below I've listed the different types of repairs and what I plan to do - let me know if there is a better/easier way.

1. Basic nail holes - spackling
2. Hairline cracks in various places - spackling
3. Stress cracks - usually between doors, windows, and in the ceiling. Sometimes a bit big.
It was recommended to me to use joint tape - the mesh sort, not paper - and then use drywall mud to skim over it with at least three thin coats, then sand/paint.
4. Larger holes (3" or so)
I read in a book that you can use a drywall plug, keeping the paper on the outside to patch bigger holes in plaster. Haven't tried it yet.




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