| The plaster was
| cracked and separating from the lath in places, so I drove in some drywall
| screws to secure it.
One note: There are stainless steel disks available,
usually called ceiling washers or ceiling buttons. They
get attached to lath or stud with a drywall screw
and have holes in them for plaster/compound to go
through. Putting those over loose areas works much
better than screws alone, which will often just drive
I would have opted for the washers if I had some available at the time, but
it was a last minute repair before we started painting. I had the screws
with me, so I carefully drove several around the loose areas which seemed
to snug everything up nicely. Not ideal, but it hasn't cracked or pulled
away in the last 10+ years.
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