repair of cracks in plaster walls


Old 12-08-17, 08:39 AM
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repair of cracks in plaster walls

Well, I'm posting via phone and see no way to attach a photo. Guess I'll have to transfer photos to computer to do this.
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Old 12-13-17, 07:45 PM
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My question pertains to a house built in 1926. The original walls were built with lath and plaster, not drywall. One bedroom has an outer wall that has been covered with a textured material. It has some cracks in the wall and some gaps along a window frame and at joints with ceiling. The photos show these defects. Note: both photos need to be rotated right 90 degrees for true perspective.

Thought I start a discussion here about choice of patching material (spackling. latex caulk, plaster compound, etc) to use.
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Old 12-14-17, 02:19 AM
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Spackling is just for minor repairs, caulking is for the joints where wood meets the plaster but can work in the corners of the wall/ceiling.

I normally use a setting compound like Durabond to repair plaster. It helps to notch out the cracks first before filling them. Regular joint compound will also work but requires drywall tape to insure it won't open back up.

Are you wanting to keep the current texture?

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