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plaster veneer vs. tape and joint compound

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04-23-01, 10:03 AM   #1  
We are having the old cracking plaster walls redone in our house. We can't afford to have them replastered so we are considering two options and are seeking relevant advice/experiences.

The two options offered by our contractor are 1) putting standard drywall over top of the plaster and taping the seams and then applying and sanding joint compound and 2) putting up "blue-board" drywall and applying a two-coat veneer plaster over everything.

We hear a difference of opinion among our architect, contractor and two possible plasterers on which choice to make. One opinion is that option 2 will look better and be more durable. The other opinion is that option 2 frequently fails and option 1 is more reliable.

We want the job to look good AND last a long time and are not overly concered with moderate cost differences. We have two active boys under the age of ten so the wall will have to stand up to some abuse.

We're looking for any relevant experiences people may have had in order to help us decide.

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04-24-01, 08:56 AM   #2  
i don't have a problem with either option, but has anyone
told you that if you just go over the old plaster with
new drywall that all of your doors, windows, and trim boards
will have to be redone?

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