The house is a NYC brownstone at least 100 years old. It has the
original plaster walls in the hallway that gets exposed to some
moisture and weather changes when people go in and out. The paster
has moldings as well as a swirl like pattern.
There are some areas that are loose and could be very easily banged
out but hard to match the original plaster work. There are lots of
cracks all over that could easily be puttied up. It was suggested to
me that the easiest solution is to just sheet rock over all this but
I'd like to keep the original quality of the house if at all possible.
My first question is that if the cracks were repaired sooner would
that have kept the wall intact?
Secondly, at this stage of disrepair would sealing up the cracks and
repairing the loose areas with new plaster and a coat of paint be a
good solution that will stand the test of time (or is too for gone for
a lasting repair)?
I'll include a picture, might help show how it looks.
Thanks very much,
My experiences indicate that once it is loosed from the lath or brick
substrate any repair is very temporary. The hard coat debonding from the
scratch or intermediate coat can be repaired with a new topcoat but the
failed portion must be removed and replaced. Bubbly areas often indicate
moisture inside the wall. The cause of which must be repaired before any
plaster repairs. Plaster can be repaired using drywall compounds which are
much easier to work with.
You can strip it all the way down to the lath; but if I did that I would go
back with drywall unless it is a very small area. The labor cost or skill
curve of mastering plaster is very high.
Cracks where the plaster is still firmly attached can be repaired and may
last a very long time.
Please come visit http://www.househomerepair.com
Couldn't have hurt... :)
Actual answer is imponderable...
and links therefrom...
There's been at least one episode I recall w/ Tommy and some plaster
gurus on TOH using buttons and some adhesive--I want to say it was an
acrylic but it's been so long I don't recall...
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