If you live in an older house, say 50 or 60 years of age or older, there’s a good probability you’ll have plaster on your walls. Plaster walls were very popular , especially during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Plaster was available fairly readily, was workable, and was able to produce very smooth walls and ornate embellishments. However, it has been, and remains, very challenging to associate with. It took many years for a fine plasterer to learn his trade, under a master plasterer ‘s careful instruction.
Plaster is still commonly available, but seldom used. Only search the nearest home repair center’s painting aisles and you’ll find it mixed in with spackle and patching material. The invention of a hybrid product was the explanation for its death. Like plaster, it is simple to deal with joined compound (or drywall compound). It is slow to set up and harden, it is very easy to wash, it blends quickly, it can even be bought-mixed, and it is easy to clean. Joint compound works by simply letting the water evaporate out, leaving the hard, white stuff on the wall.Check out this site: R.Kenward Plastering Contractors
Plaster, on the other hand, is quick to set up, hardens like cement, is very hard to work with once it starts to set up, is hard to clean, and must be mixed as needed and in quantities that can be quickly worked with. Plaster as it sets up, is actually a chemical reaction between the solid plaster and the water.
Joint compound is the natural choice for most new homes and patching jobs, for this reason. But plaster is the superior product by far. A wall consisting of cement is concrete
Strong, has a powerful voice, so it doesn’t feel easily broken or scratched, and can endure violence. Such properties allow for some exciting maintenance and remodeling.
A basic activity such as attaching a rack for a picture frame will trigger huge pieces of plaster to break away from the wall and fall crashing down. Trying to drive a drywall screw into plaster can be an exercise in frustration as chunks break out of the wall and the screw gets dulled by the plaster, Drill bits and saw blades dull on contact immediately.
Despite of these problems of cement, I have gathered a few ideas for dealing with it. Be mindful that in most cases they work for me but plaster may be inconsistent and act differently in various environments, so practice really cautiously.
- While hanging a frame from a rack with a nail in it, first press a wide sheet of masking tape over the place where the nail would be pushed. That will help avoid chip-outs. Once you have the nail in place, remove the film.
- Another way to insert a picture frame in a wall hanger is to drill a small pilot hole for the nail. There is no need for the pilot hole to be deep. Only enough enough to absorb cement topcoat. You ‘re over the topcoat and through the brown coat if you have rust dust emerging from the drill bit.
- Always drill a pilot hole, to drive a screw through plaster!
- Never use a plaster Drywall screw to hold anything! Even if it may appear like the plaster keeps it in place, once you locate a vulnerable point, you risk pulling off a big chunk of plaster. Also push the plaster through and onto the studs.
- Make sure you ‘re in the wall studs when screwing through the plaster and into the wall studs and not the wood lath that holds the plaster onto the wall! Dragging down
Lathe is one of the worst things you can do, as she’ll pull down big chunks of plaster!
- Standard stud finders do not work on walls made from plaster. You need stud sensors which have some kind of deep penetration technology. Popular stud finders are built for half inch drywall walls and can very well discern the thickness of the plaster.
- For locate studs using the tapping method. Plaster has strong harmonics, so you can typically detect the hollows between the studs relatively quickly by scratching or rapping it with your knuckles.
- Be extra careful as with anything else in an old house! When many of these houses were built, there were no building codes so there is no guarantee that you wall studs are evenly spaced, that there are no old pipes in the walls or that abandoned and antiquated plumbing and electrical lines exist in the walls.