Tag: plaster

How To: Patch Plaster

By Scott Sidler | October 19, 2015

How to patch plaster

I’ve written about repairing plaster walls before, but sometimes there are sections of plaster that have been removed or are missing and you need to fill in the gaps. I’ll show you how to easily fill in these missing sections. […]

How To: Cut Plaster Walls

By Scott Sidler | January 19, 2015

how to cut plaster walls

Yes, there are times when you need to cut a hole in a plaster wall. And before you do it wrong and knock big chunks of plaster from your walls or ceilings I thought I’d give you some tips on […]

Veneer Plaster: An Affordable Alternative

By Scott Sidler | November 20, 2014

Veneer Plaster

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Phil. “To repair a damaged wall [drywall]¬†seems so out of place, but hiring a plasterer to do lath and plaster is way too high a cost.¬† Is there an in-between solution?” There […]

How To: Insulate an Old House

By Scott Sidler | April 28, 2014

how to insulate an old house

I get asked a lot about insulating old houses, especially in the wintertime. It makes sense. People fall in love with the character rich architecture of these homes, but they don’t want the crazy heating and cooling bills that come […]

How To Remove a Popcorn Ceiling (and keep your sanity!)

By Scott Sidler | February 24, 2014

how to remove a popcorn ceiling

Popcorn ceilings came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s and were a very popular ceiling treatment in homes across America. They became popular because of their inexpensive price tag and ability hide most ceiling imperfections. Rather than applying 3 […]

How To: Find Studs in a Plaster Wall

By Scott Sidler | September 2, 2013

how to find studs in a plaster wall

If you own an old house with plaster and lath walls you may have discovered how utterly useless a stud finder can be. Most smaller items can be hung pretty securely anywhere on the wall by screwing into the wood […]

How To: Repair Plaster Walls

By Scott Sidler | February 4, 2013

Plaster walls are some of the most misunderstood parts of an old home. And many homeowners are quick to tear them down and put up drywall. But replacing plaster walls with drywall is not only a major mess and expense, […]

Why Drywall is Dead (and what I’m doing about it)

By Scott Sidler | October 15, 2012

Old Drywall

Drywall is dead. Long live drywall. I can’t say that I’ll miss him (I’m assuming drywall is a him), but he seemed nice enough. Faster than a three-coat old-fashioned plaster job and less expensive to boot. But there has always […]