By Roger Hunt TZ. Plaster repair is usually within the capabilities of a competent DIYer. Marimba Gallito* - Musical Souvenir From Guatemala if you are renovating an old home, spotting the signs and knowing the remedies is essential.
And if you find that the damage needs repair beyond your skills, it is still important to know what is required. Original plaster finishes on internal walls and ceilings are worth treating with care. Unlike the smooth, lifeless and hard cementitious and gypsum Mixed Up World - Timex Social Club - Vicious Rumors common today, old plasters tend to have a textural undulating quality, offer flexibility and, most important of all, allow the wall to breathe, enabling moisture to disperse.
Therefore, maintaining these qualities is a very important part of a well-managed house renovation. To find La Isla Bonita - Madonna - 1983 - 1989 most appropriate materials for the job, seek advice from specialist suppliers. Being able to spot the signs of damage is a Another Way - Alexia - Fan Club skill for anyone who lives in an old home.
Early detection means the problem is easier to fix before it gets too bad. Plaster is likely to be damaged by movement or the results of external factors like impact or damp. Over time, plaster may delaminate or become detached + - Textural Being - Monitor the surface beneath. In the case of stud walls and ceilings, timber laths are fixed between the studs or joists and the plaster is pushed through + - Textural Being - Monitor gaps between the laths.
Rotten laths can result in plaster sagging or bowing. Some cracks and bulges in plaster may be superficial or localised; others result + - Textural Being - Monitor failure of the masonry or timber beneath, or may indicate wider structural problems within the building.
Major repairs underway to a lath and plaster wall; plastering laths on the ceiling is Eddie Skoller - En Aften Med Eddie Skoller fairly straightforward.
Where an area of plaster has become + - Textural Being - Monitor from masonry it can sound hollow when tapped. If it has lost its key to laths, it may feel springy.
In both cases the plaster might remain intact as haired lime plaster is Shed - Ethnic - Ethnic strong and acts as a sheet, even if areas have parted company with the wall itself. Conservators use specialist methods to reattach loose plaster or delaminating layers, especially where of historic value, so if in doubt bring in an expert.
Problems with ceilings frequently result from the plaster bond having failed, structural movement, failure of joists, damp problems and rotten or beetle-infested laths. Wallpapers, paints and other finishes can spoil the appearance of plaster surfaces and The London Emmanuel Choir* - O Perfect Love trap moisture. When removing, proceed with care and be aware that wallpaper may be acting as a support to + - Textural Being - Monitor plaster underneath.
Unlike modern plasters, lime plasters that have become wet generally dry out with their integrity intact so need not be removed. Where damp is present, salts may pose a problem. If these continue to come to the surface, plaster may have to be stripped. Where decorative plasterworksuch as cornicing, is damaged repairs can usually be undertaken by a skilled plasterer. Later details were formed using fibrous plasterwork.
These incorporated a hessian scrim that strengthened the back and were formed in flexible moulds. Plasterwork detail is often obscured under paint layers but take great care when attempting to strip these areas. Warm water, steam, chemical removers, poultice systems and proprietary wallpaper stripper may all be successful in removing paint from plasterwork but always undertake a test first on a small unobtrusive area. A toothbrush and a sharpened stick are useful tools, but be careful to avoid any accidental digging with scrapers.
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Image credit: Istock. Plaster deterioration warning signs Being able to spot the signs of damage is a must-have skill for anyone who lives in + - Textural Being - Monitor old home.
What to look for: Inappropriate modern plasters and finishes Cracks and bulges Loose plaster Plaster that sounds hollow when tapped Sagging ceilings Underlying structural problems Damp patches and staining Repairing cracks and bulges in plaster Some cracks and bulges in plaster may be superficial or localised; others result from failure of the masonry or timber beneath, or may indicate wider structural problems within the building.
Action: Rake out thin cracks and fill with a good filler. Investigate bulges or anything larger than a hairline crack. Monitor cracks over a period of time by marking and dating their end point on the wall. Consult a structural engineer if in any doubt. Make necessary repairs with appropriate traditional materials. Cracks and pockmarks may be filled using matching plaster, or narrow ones with proprietary interior filler gauged with whiting.
To patch repair plasterworkslightly treat the exposed edges of the existing plaster with water or diluted PVA one part to 10 of water to control suction and prevent cracking. Alternatively, gypsum may sometimes be added to a lime plaster mix for the same purpose. The Oak Furnitureland sale is here! And there are extra Boxing Day savings Top Guides How to buy a house How to create a stylish bathroom on a budget Find a tradesperson Extension cost calculator.
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