Plaster or Drywall?

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Old 12-03-05, 02:39 PM
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Plaster or Drywall?

Hi Everyone, I recently removed the plaster and laths from two (outside) walls in my eary 1900's house. I also had to remove a section of ceiling as well. My question is this: should I tear out the other 2 walls and the rest of the ceiling and then sheetrock everything or should I plaster the two walls that were removed. Also, it looks like there is some repair work to be done around the outlets that the electrician installed. I originally planned on keeping the remaining plaster walls in tact because I thought it would be a lot of work to tear them down and replace with drywall, but after doing a bit of reading, it sounds like there would be more work involved in trying to plaster the two walls that were removed. This decision is going to set a precedence for me because this is the first of many rooms that will undergo this procedure (strip, rewire, insulate, vapour barrier).

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Old 12-03-05, 05:33 PM
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You can drywall 2 walls and keep 2 walls plaster. If you use blue board and plaster over it all the walls should look similiar when done. Alot would depend on how much time and money you have to spend versus what you want in the finished product.

Hard to say from this end what the best approach for the ceiling would be. Would it be easier to patch it [and have a satisfactory job] or to replace it?
 
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Old 12-03-05, 08:24 PM
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Thanks marksr for your reply, that's what my original plan was, but after reading several posts and articles, the general consensus seems to be that plastering is a task most people hire someone to do for them because there seems to be an art to it. Do you agree with that general opinion, or do you think plastering is something you could do easily without any previous experience?

I'd rather hire someone than do it poorly myself, but on the other hand, I've heard that it can be expensive and hard to find someone to do plastering and I don't want to have to hire someone every time I decide to renovate a room (I've still got 6 or 7 rooms to go).

Thanks again for your help.
 
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Old 12-04-05, 09:42 AM
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I have very little plaster experience - only patching. Depending on what the plaster walls look like you may be able to duplicate [or close] that on drywall [using texture or skim coat].If you are like me - more things to do than money to do it, I would try to get a similiar look with drywall.

Another option would be to hang the blue board, finish the rest of the room and when all rooms are done then call a plasterer to finish all the walls at one time.
 
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Old 12-04-05, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for your opinion marksr, I think I'm going to gut the rest of the room. Like you, I have more things to do than money to do it, so although I'd like to minimize the amount of demolition I have to do, I'd prefer to be able to do the finish work myself then bring someone in to do all the plastering. It will make the rewiring a bit easier at least too.

Thanks for your advice.
 
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