Plaster walls

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Old 12-28-17, 07:07 AM
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Plaster walls

I will be renovating our attic and the major part of the project will be the walls. It is old plaster and lath walls, with many spots having plaster that is sagging away from the lath. I am wondering if I should just use plaster buttons to attach existing plaster back to lath and then come back and add some top coats to smooth over and then paint. Other options would be to overboard the plaster with 1/2Ē drywall and finish. I want to try and avoid having to tear out all the plaster as I know that can get quite messy. Anyone ya e some suggestions? Thanks
 
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Hard to say without seeing it, mostly it depends on which method would be the least amount of work. Laminating over the plaster is often a good option but that does change how the electrical and woodwork fit the wall; elec boxes will need extensions and the wood trim would need to be resized to fit the now slightly smaller room. Removing the plaster while messy does allow you to upgrade insulation [exterior walls] and the electrical.

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I attached some pics. Itís notvterrible so Iím hoping it will not be too bad.
 
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If there isn't too much that is loose and providing plaster washers will secure what doesn't easily come off - I'd make repairs using Durabond [setting compound]
 
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Anytime the plaster has separated from the lathe, you should usually bust it off and start over.
 
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