A rain gutter above our bedroom window was leaking, and the water
dripped behind the aluminum siding and began entering the house,
right about the window. It was a slow leak so it took some time
for us to realize what was happening behind the curtains, but I
fixed the gutter and all is well with that; no more water coming
Now, however, I need to repair the water damage that occurred
around the window. Mostly, it seems, the damage is cosmetic.
Pictures are at:
As you can see, the plaster is cracking off. The underlying
"foundation" is cracked in spots, but it is firm and dry to the
touch and seems to be in good shape, overall.
I'm wondering how to go about repairing this; I've only worked
with drywall before. I'd use spackling or somesuch but it seems
too wide a damaged area for that sort of quick fix.
Is this merely a typical plaster job? Do I need just to remove
all damaged plaster and reapply plaster to the underlying
foundation? (I use "foundation" because I don't know the correct
term for that grey stuff.) How do you get the final plaster
surface so smooth?
Thanks for any pointers and tips. If you'd rather email than post
a reply, please send it to mdestiny at comcast dot net.
1. Scrape off all the loose and damaged parts.
2. Fiberglass tape over all the cracks.
3. Plaster washers for any areas that have detached from the lath.
4. Quick-set compound for the first layer over the tape, bring it almost
up to the final level.
5. Joint compound on top of that, smooth it out.
6. Prime and paint.
Jedd Haas - Artist
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