Does anyone know much about horse hair plaster? I think we have it in
our old edwardian terrace and in places it seems fairly weak (when
hanging up curtain rails). Is there anyway of strengthening what is
already there without redoing the whole lot?
What do you mean by "weak"?
Lime plaster doesn't have such a hard surface as gypsom plaster
anyway. I have reskimmed mine as I've redecorated, as 100 years
of wear on the surface has taken its toll. The underlying plaster
is mostly OK -- I only had to redo it where it had been messed
around with (mostly resulting from misguided attempts at damp
course injection in the past).
When fixing things to the wall, make sure to fix through into
the bricks, not just the plaster.
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