Overlapping tapping is fine. They simply skim over your existing plaster to correct any blemishes that may have appeared. What Plastering and Skimming Entails Plastering provides a smooth, flat surface to internal walls and ceilings, ready for decorating with paint or wall paper. Skimcoat. Hi Sam, I’d say my thoughts still pretty much stand from when the post was written. Hi Marc. Wow, I don’t want you anywhere near my house. If you’re paranoid about that kind of thing this may sway your thinking. Is there a specific type of plaster or thickness that you recommend? But for houses, new and old, that aren’t of any historical significance, there are pros and cons to either. Not quite sure on that yet. Sorry again for any distress this caused you and best of luck with your work. Once this is dry, the decorator can prepare the surface for paint or wallpaper. The contractor is saying the job is fine and “all plaster is chaulky.” We’ve paid out $10k so far and he is looking for the rest. Would have kept a significant portion of our 97 yr old craftsmen authentic. . Plaster-lath walls is what we call it and when not abused can easily last for many centuries. *sigh*, Learning skim plastering isn’t diy … it takes a while to develop the skill, but it isn’t that hard. It will flake from the walls and take your precious work with it. You may be able to find contractors that are more preservation-minded who can find ways to save some of the plaster from demolition. here's a chainsaw." . Sometimes, it’s downright impossible. Note, I always use setting type compound, not bucket mud. Those 1″ thick lime walls feel very close to a masonry wall. There has been some water integration in a couple areas, mainly ceiling and under windows, that’s has made the plaster flake off. Just our luck! If your walls predate 1900 it is certainly lime, a vastly superior material which has the unfortunate nature of taking way too long to cure. What size taping knife of other tool would recommend for getting the best skim coat over that size area? Ancient lime plaster often contained horse hair for reinforcement and pozzolan additives to reduce the working time.. . All this, while the original plaster walls that don’t have problems can be lightly re-surfaced and left alone. Maybe we’ll luck out and an actual appraiser will weigh-in here, but if not, I’d call an appraiser or two and just get their opinion on it if you’re actually considering using one material over another for the purposes of maximizing the house value or appraisal. Generally, the lifespans for both tend to be estimated in decades. Instead of plasterboard ceilings, you can use chestnut laths and then plaster them with lime mortars mixed with horse hair. If the paint is peeling from the wall then you definitely shouldn’t just skim over it. Good luck with the project! I live in Florida. It really isn’t that much more difficult or expensive than painting, and is completely VOC free, non-toxic in every way, and in the aesthetics department, blows any type of house paint away. I’m sold on it. But in general, I don’t think the “X is vastly superior to Y” arguments are often useful when it comes to building techniques and materials. I’ve done my share of fishing wire, and it’s never as easy as it might seem. Here’s a trio of step-by-step breakdowns for patching surface cracks, deep cracks, and holes in your drywall. For this reason, I left your comment up, however I removed the expletive directed at another commenter. It kept them trapped in a rather small, easily repairable space. Otherwise known as ‘dot and dab’, this is an alternative for masonry walls and is frequently used by volume housebuilders. Assuming a quality installation/materials and normal usage with no water damage, I would expect both wall types to last 40+ years, but the actual figure can be two or more times that. They are really helpful and I like the samples that we did at a work shop. If you have it, keep it; rehab it with a good skim and it will last lifetimes if not abused too much. All rights reserved. Patching a hole. Dura bond is hard ,all purpose is soft and sandable, E-z sand durabond white bag can be scraped and sanded however the brown bag has a higher tensil strength and not as easily conformed once dry white bag will not crack if applied correctly I’ve been a taper and plasterer for 20 yrs using diamond and imperial plasters we also tape and mud regular drywall. You can still use lime plaster. Born and raised Hamster here. Do you know if they used an accelerator or retarder? In most cases, these kits come with a reinforced center panel surrounded by self-sticking tape requiring you to simply adhere the patch to the wall and cover with drywall compound. It can also take a long time to dry out, especially in winter when it can create a three- to four-week delay on site. The simplest alternative is to use plasterboard without a plaster skim. Drywall compound and tape are applied to the seams between boards, and the compound is also coated over the fasteners to cover up the heads. Hi All, Have artex ceilings in the house and want to replaster the ceiliongs to get rid of this for a smooth finish instead. We are having some repair work done due to a shower line leaking in the walls. . The guy was trying to explan about fundamental differences in home building and all you care about is making money off of a photo. You can airless spray or hopper and backroll the lst coat. Once the roof and windows are sealed. Thanks for explaining the benefits of plaster. The soundproof qualities are wonderful. PLASTERERS cover alsorts though, Wet plastering is the hard sand and cement behind the skim on solid walls - effectively rendering. Here's my take on drywall vs skim vs full update. Before we get into step-by-step instructions, let’s cover the basics. It’s a skilled process, unsuitable for DIY self-builders to attempt, and good plasterers can be hard (and expensive) to find. Many people consider plaster finishes to be more high end than drywall, and they have seen a surge in popularity. Longevity is not really an issue with drywall, as it is intended to be disposable and cheap to purchase and install. Because it’s wet, it takes a long time to dry and this can also lead to hairline cracking issues with unwelcome callbacks and redecorating costs. The average cost to skim a ceiling can range anywhere between £200-£500 for a professional plasterer. I prefer to be described as “particular”, or “having high standards” – that just sounds less likely to get me locked up in a padded room. Hey John! Modern plaster, on the other hand, is typically applied over a special type of wall board referred to as blue board. Even an ape can do a neat job putting up the raw boards — they don’t need to be neat or close-fitting, just plumb and level. For many of the reasons so well articulated in this article, we chose to go with plaster veneer over drywall in building our new family homestead on generations-owned family land. The wind-driven rain found its way into the front wall of our house and traveled down into the basement. I would never go back to drywall in a million years — plastering is just 1000x better in every way. They can’t eat plaster. Fill edges with dura bond 90 and any heavy fill. When a previous owner dug down a foot more, the shoring job wasn’t done properly, nor were the jacks/footers done properly. The techniques and methods involved in plastering are not easy to master. Skim-coat plasters are trowelled on to produce a smooth, gloss finish ready for painting. Patching a deeper crack. Once you’ve cut a drywall piece to the right size, place it over the hole and trace around it with a pencil. No one actually spoke about the lath that plaster was put onto in the old days. I have done and inspected a lot of Diamond Veneer. Replaster or a skim for long term solution. You might also find someone through AngiesList.com. Plastering FAQ Hiring a professional plasterer is the best way to ensure your plastering project is a success.. Still, even the very thin gypsum plaster walls of the 30’s and 40’s can be shored up to feel more solid like the earlier walls. For medium rooms, you can expect to pay from £420 and £550 respectively. It is not difficult to actually get it on the wall or ceiling, but getting it flat and smooth requires a great deal of hard work and practice. I grew up with my father doing hardwall gypsum plaster every day. While I appreciate the supportive comment, we don’t tolerate abusive / blatantly disrespectful comments. Signs that it may be time to start planning to replaster the pool include: Mineral Stains: Copper, iron and other minerals in the water can stain the plaster, giving the pool a dingy look. Even in southern CA, wall insulation is nice to have. Scrape the paint off Then it really looks fantastic when you sponge on a wax application over the second coat. I tore out plaster on recommendation from a contractor. Tim, I’m fully with you on everything but the rewiring. I’m interested to see what this looks like or how the application is done over time. My “particularities” led me to choose plaster instead of drywall when we had to replace several walls in our 1930’s vintage home. Preferred by masonry lovers, wet plaster uses either cement renders or gypsum backings trowelled onto blockwork. Remember to value your time! Don’t confuse blue board with green board, (the green stuff is just moisture resistant sheetrock typically used in bathrooms for drywall projects, it’s not made for plaster). Builders like it because it avoids most of the problems with hairline cracking and callbacks. But they’re usually more than happy to have you hang the rough blueboards if you want to save some money — they handle the taping and corner beads. I should have cut access for wiring where needed and blown in fiberglass, patch the wiring runs and insulation holes, and done. I also have a 1910 house that I’ve just remodeled and stuck with the plaster (and the push button light switches in the LR etc). As with every tradesman’s job we suggest practice. I know this is an old post, I am just wondering if your thoughts on the matter still stand. I am going to DIY with a couple of guys a new system to plaster over fresh drywall. Seal the wall with a strong PVA mix the day before, PVA again before plastering & skim when tacky. To take a look, widen the crack with a utility knife and assess the situation. If soft and chalky, sometings wrong. Therefore, if speed and cost are a priority, plasterboard is by far the better option. USG makes a spray on clear sealer that might keep it from chalking. From here, fill in the crack with fresh compound and apply some compound to the wall surface from where the tape was just removed. Sure, drywall guys will tell you they can match any texture, but drywall is still very different from plaster. I think his number is (619) 957-3267. A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. I was trying to figure out why the contractor estimated the 2×2 hole in our closet at $300 in plaster. And there’s no reason all the walls in a house have to be the same; one can plaster the areas near light fixtures, then double-X-rated-drywall or cement-board the areas that get lots of abuse or need better sound and fire protection. Top coat plastering, or skim as it is known is a very difficult job indeed. Re-wiring an old plaster house entirely by attempting to fish wire isn’t a task I’d ever want to take on! You will, however, need to find a skilled plasterer and accept that some cracking is possible. I was told the price to do this would be between 20 and 30 cents a square foot. Convinced that you need to replaster your pool, but wondering what is involved? Anyone looking at the skip trowel finish and bull-nose details on the new plaster would have no idea it wasn’t original to the house. The photo is copyrighted. Why “faux” when you can do the real thing? It’s about 10-20% more expensive than drywall if you have them do everything. 2. the other option was to have two layers of heavy weight lining paper put up over well sanded walls - which is the option we went for. The majority of the interior walls are the original lath & plaster. I think mainly because of the unique expertise required (there are probably 1000 drywallers to every plaster pro here in San Diego), plaster projects tend to cost a bit more. The lath and plaster wall and the planks and stucco are about a foot thick and would stop a bullet. Please take it down immediately or contact me to credit it fully and pay for it. The actual lifespan of drywall and plaster varies pretty widely, and the figures themselves are debated. Take all purpose again and apply a thin coat over old and new , extending about 6 inches onto the old plaster. When old wallpaper taken off, the plaster walls had some very long cracks 1/2″ or more wide- not sure how to fix or whether to go with drywall. To skim a ceiling with plaster, first, dab some clean water on the ceiling where you plan to apply the plaster. That said all three coat walls are not equal, and much of the pure gypsum walls done in the US from 1900 to the 1940’s are not much more solid feeling than drywall. Might I gently suggest continuing to read the rest of that sentence? Although uncommon these days, it is sometimes still necessary to plaster directly to old brickwork or blocks. The moisture even sealed our front door shut so that it took a couple of days to dry out enough for us to open. If you can find a good plaster guy, it’s insane not to go that route. Good afternoon, I feel it was a big mistake. I wanted the plaster put back up but funding is not there.Do drywall and plaster have the same insulation properties or is one better then the other? Now it makes sense and gives me a better feeling about my entire house. I had a ceiling that was plaster with slats. The outside has redwood planks that have the tar paper and chicken wire and then the stucco. Plaster’s lifespan can be measured in centuries. Once dry your plasterer can apply a skim coat directly. Please refresh the page and try again. It also gives a good seal around openings — offering superior airtightness. These days you have two general options when it comes to finishing walls: the first is standard drywall, which we’re all pretty familiar with. Look folks, the three coat plaster system wall is dead, and not coming back. Scrim tape is basically a mesh that is often applied between the joints of plaster boards. I am thinking the plaster was better, but want to know for sure. Plastering is a real skill that can’t be mastered by watching a few YouTube videos. Simple to understand and gives a smooth, durable finish. Full Member. Plaster has been around much longer than drywall, and, as a result, you can find buildings hundreds of years old that might still have their original plaster intact. Thanks for contributing to the discussion. You will only need to finish your drywall at a level 3 finish. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Many self-builders favour wet plaster because it matches the look and feel of traditional materials, it offers better sound­proofing and airtightness, and doesn’t cause problems in fixing items to the walls (unlike some boards). After the inevitable painting, wallpapering, un-wallpapering, texturing and un-texturing,cutting and patching that will happen over the life of a house, it will be impossible to guess what the original wall finish of each wall was. Calm down. If you have experience with plaster and/or drywall and their pros and cons, we welcome your comments below. The right plaster installer can create detailed medallions and crown molding that add lots of charm to a home. Thanks for this info! Repairing or re-skimming over existing plaster to correct blemishes in plaster. Let us know what you decide and how the project turns out! Termites are common. Make sure it is not left above the plane of the old plaster. Plastering also adds some sound and heat insulation, and it is fire-proof too. I don’t know that most appraisers will even pay attention to whether you have plaster vs. drywall. Neither Home Depot nor Dixieline knew what I was talking about. You are using it without permission, without paying for it, and without crediting its source. well written article and very accurate. Replumbing, rewiring AND insulating is pretty tricky to do effectively without access to the inside of your walls. I went to a place called Squires Belt, which looks like it changed names: http://www.gwbm.com/ Hi Jan, glad you liked the input. Get a grip. Compare Up To 4 Free Plastering Quotes Near You: Click To Compare Quotes. Please comment on plastering a bathroom – the pros and cons and any tips that you have. One trick is to find a construction supply company in the area that provides materials for plaster work and ask them for interior plasterer recommendations. hessian). That’s a painter and decorators advice. Hi TJ. While the compound is still wet, place a strip of fiberglass tape over the seam. Look folks, the three coat plaster system wall is dead, and not coming back. Have you heard of Vella Systems over drywall? Total - £360.00. As we are new to this, I’d appreciate any advice on this. Remember, no painting is needed the paint is within the product. Pricing is going to vary both regionally and depending on how experienced your builder is with both materials. Let him know Marc Lyman sent you over! Even if you use a harder more durable mud or plaster, it will still most likely crack because of the age of your house, and the fact that your walls are already cracking (and will probably continue to do so). Just like the first time wash your walls with sugar soap. We were worried about mold and repairing the wall, but our contractor said we were really lucky because it was plaster; there was no danger of mold and no need to repair — it would dry out just fine! Pay an attorney for a consultation to see what your options are. A high-end level 5 drywall finish includes a final skim coat similar to a plaster job, but most drywall jobs aren’t done at that level. Plaster is harder than drywall, and as a result is better able to weather daily wear and tear. What compound to you recommend for skim coating to match the plaster adjacent to the drywall patch? This project is for skimming as the original plasterboards are in good condition; just the surface plaster is poor. 1. We have a 6″ taping knife, but I’m thinking we’ll need something wider. The biggest factor in the lifespan of both is the quality of the installation, and what conditions the installation are subject to. Once the compound is dry, add a second thin coat over the taped area, spreading the compound out onto the surrounding surface. The finish coat can be gypsum skim plaster or taped and jointed. Can you tell me who your plaster installer was? There is little to choose between gypsum and cement in cost terms, and both are finished off with a thin skim coat of gypsum. Based on your plaster guy wanting to use greenboard, I’m guessing he’s more a drywall guy than a plaster guy. We also later found out that distemper can be difficult to skim over and plaster can come away from it after a while. If I have my house appraised will it be worth more with plaster walls or will it not make a difference? Plasterboard is available in a variety of different sizes and formats, including square edge for skimming and tapered edge for taping and jointing. Project 3 – Skim Plaster a Whole Room. Prices will depend on the size of the surface area and the complexity of the task. Either wall type will have a much shorter lifespan when subjected to excess moisture, vibration, physical impacts, etc. Hello, nice article and comments. Walls - 44 square metres x £6.00 = £252.00. Sheets of plasterboard are stuck against blockwork walls with dabs of adhesive, leaving a small cavity between the blockwork and board. Wet plaster also gives a smooth, shiny coat that is ideal for painting and covers up all manner of blemishes, making for neat junctions in doorways and windows. The two main methods are wet-plastering or … If we didn’t have such a great resource for it, choosing plaster over drywall would have been a harder decision. Here’s how to get around it: 1. BA1 1UA. Ceiling - 12 square metres x £15.00 = £180.00. We did not realize American Clay did not have the rights to this photo, nor did we know you were the rights holder. With that said, I’m all for saving plaster walls wherever possible. Hi Scott. The color is in the Vella system and so no painting is needed. Expect a price tag of about $800 to plaster a 100 square foot surface.First, you will have to prepare the walls. Thanks Karenina, glad you found the plaster v drywall discussion useful! Sherri, you sum up what’s wrong here in the U.S. It’s all about money, right? You will receive a verification email shortly. The cavity is a waste of space. Use a sanding sponge. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! The 6 inch knife is not optimal , but would work. Patching a surface crack. Total - … Then more practice you do the better you will get at it! As many of you know by now, I’m a stickler for historic accuracy when it comes to remodeling. The joints between the boards are covered with scrim (i.e. Just giving a shout out for the Bellingham mention. http://www.vellaplaster.com Plasterer in Bellingham WA? What would be my best bet to repair these problem areas? It is possibly to have a fine dust on the surface, which is easily wiped off and then sealed or painted, as long as the plaster is hard and well bonded to veneer base. My structural engineer is looking at just installing footers and shoring up the outside walls below grade, or, cribbing the whole house, taking out the two foot thick foundation completely, doing a poured form, and putting the limestone around it above grade. In any case where the crack does extend through the paper – or if the tape has come loose from the wall – you should use a knife to cut the tape about six to 12 inches from both ends of the crack. Totally unnecessary and tragic. It is also possible the material was old. The Replaster Pool Process. Here is the link for the Vella Plastering that goes over standard drywall. Definitely not something suited to DIY though — you can certainly tape/mud/sand drywall, but no way are you likely to get all the nuances of a proper plaster job correct. I’ve had some say to remove the plaster, but I say it’s been here longer than I have and is still in good shape. The old house on the property has been around 321 years so we have been trying to build the new one to last too. Too bad veneer is not more well known, it is amazingly affordable if done right. Before you dive into hanging drywall in a vintage or high-end home, consider the alternative of plaster. This is how much we were told it would cost to skim plaster a front room of average dimensions (7m x 5m). However, plasterboard is not as easy to fix items such as radiators and shelves to as wet plaster, which presents no such difficulties. Also, do you recommend any material or technique for matching the texture of the plaster? Give them a call. New Plastering. The joints between the boards are covered with scrim (i.e. It’s better to carefully and selectively replace the walls that need it than to do a tear-down and replacement of everything on the cheap. Trim the rough edges around the patch and place strips of fiberglass tape over the area for additional reinforcement. Having applied scrim tape to the joints and nail heads of the wall that you are about to skim, mix the correct amount of plaster to a smooth creamy consistency making sure that ALL lumps are out and dry patches around the mixing bucket are mixed in. Am restoring a 1880’s home in Ventura County. We’re struggling to work out what to do about the whole thing as the weeks slip by and we can’t move our family in or continue to next stages. Unfortunately I don’t personally know any plasterers in Ventura county. Learning how to plaster is an advanced D.I.Y. 1. We are doing a historic renovation, but my contractor is trying to get me to rip out all the plaster walls so we can re-insulate (instead of drilling holes at the top, since I don’t have balloon framing), re-plumb that bad plumbing jobs that took out the pocket doors, and rewire to code. The other issue is that the limestone foundation is badly cracked and doesn’t have footers. Because we wanted plaster, we contracted a local plasterer for $20k for blueboard through finished surface but what we got was a chaulky mess that chips right off in layers almost down to the blueboard. First, you’ll want to gather all your needed materials, which is no small task. THE NO.1 SITE FOR SELF BUILDERS AND HOME EXTENDERS, 16 Fireplace Ideas: Beautiful Ways to Create a Cosy Room, Right to Regenerate Slammed as ‘Misguided’ Amid Mixed Reaction to Proposals, Plaster Shortages Ongoing as Builders Stress 'Plan Ahead' Over Building Materials, Find a Builder: Hiring the Right Person or Team for Your Project, Get 30% Off When You Subscribe to Homebuilding & Renovating. It is still difficult to fix shelving and radiators to, and doesn’t offer the same level of sound-proofing as wet plaster unless you use a high-performance board. Drywall’s lifespan can be measured in decades, or less if it gets wet. Then cut out the area along the traced line and cut two pieces of 2×4 slightly larger than the hole. The price includes two skim coats and there’s a window in the room too. Because Plaster is a bit thicker, more solid, and has more mass, plaster is also a somewhat better sound barrier. Let dry and sand smooth. Just came across this post some how and thought I would leave a note. Just don’t use Gypsum gauging plaster. Whatever you decide, resources like Angie’s List can help in tracking down a local drywaller or plaster pro. Big problems result from broken keyways. Mark Brinkley looks at the main options and their cost — and explains how to make the right decision for your home. Plastering requires the use of specialised tools and equipment that you wouldn’t want to purchase just for the occasional plast… 3. Very interesting commentary! This is vital if you have kids that think your house is a indoor race track. It also avoids the wait for wet plaster to dry. Had a relative with a scar on her head when a ceiling fell on her as a child. I’ve looked through the internet but am coming up short. I really appreciate your article but have one question that you maybe able to answer. Fermacell is a popular high-performance board used by many self-builders. For holes larger than six inches, however, you’ll have to create your own patch to repair. Unlike stiff-drying mortar, plaster dries fairly soft and it is this pliability that makes it perfect for a soft, smooth finish for a substratum foundation for priming or paint coat application. Filed Under: Building Materials, DIY Discussion, Restoration Tagged With: drywall, plaster. According to USG, the only sound fix is to scape off every inch of bad material and reapply either their veneer product or durabond. Is there a less invasive way to proceed? For our particular projects, several obsessive intrusive thoughts things convinced me to select plaster instead of drywall: Companies like USG make a plaster in a multitude of varieties for specific uses. Remove the tape without tearing off the paper covering and then scrape away any loose compound that remains. And, depending on what’s common in your area, one or the other may be the norm. Any and all insights and recommendations are welcome! I would first determine is the plaster ” hard”. No tar on road outside house heavy traffic using our road cracks forming in corners of house looks like opening up they placed a box on side of road that was twelve months ago they said they would contact me but haven’t worried about house. Unfortunately, we had an issue with a 3×4 ft area of plaster cracking and crumbling off of the wall. You then can hopper the second coat and trowel this finish. Having pre wet the spot board pour the plaster on to … Do we have to insulate the walls (we ARE in Southern California, not Kansas)? They want to put drywall up after. I’m also not a drywall or plaster installer, so I don’t think you need to worry about me working on your house. Trust me I’ve done it. It should be hard and dense and not able to dig into it. Can we insulate basement and attic only? Note: A scratch or ‘key’ coat refers to a base coat which is lightly scratched before the plaster dries and the top coat/s are applied. You should fill in the crack with fresh compound and then let it dry completely. Plaster tends to create a much more echoey sound than drywall. If the hole doesn’t extend to studs on either side, you’ll need to reinforce it yourself using a piece of drywall slightly larger than the hole. Hi Andrea. It can be made to set with any number of pozzolans. We don’t have deep pockets and are trying to do as much as we can ourselves. Drywall consists of gypsum sheets (sheetrock) screwed or nailed to the studs. Don’t Replaster your pool until you read this. If these can simply have another layer of skim it will be far the easiest. It was an informational article. The alternative method (taping and jointing) is to use tapered-edge boards, tape and fill over the joints and nail holes, and then sand the surface before painting. : ). Your use is a violation of copyright law—- it’s illegal. 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