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Cold Plaster wall
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I live in an house that was built in the early 1900s. One of the bedrooms has a wall with windows. The entire wall always feels cold and a breeze seems to pass thru. Underneath the windows the paint has peeled and the plaster is mostly destroyed. The previous owners covered up the section underneath the window with wood wall panel. Now the wall panel is bowing and just about to come out. Also the paint on the base board and on the window trim are peeling. What can I do about the cold that is coming from the outside? I have found some gaps along the trim of the window but the entire plaster beneath the window is bad. Can I add insulation? Should I tear down that portion of the wall or the entire wall (the rest of the wall just has minimal cracks but is still cold)?

Re: Cold Plaster wall

The plaster under the window is deteriorated because there is moisture getting in over the years. This plaster would need to be replaced. Not a hard job, really. My website has a page - HOLES - with pictures and instructions.

However, the cold thing needs to be resolved, if possible. You might be able to repair the wooden window, or replace it. But the wall no doubt lacks insulation. Some people use a hole saw mounted on an electric drill to make holes in the upper parts of the wall, near the ceiling. An insulation company can come in and blow loose insulation into the spaces between the studs.

Then you would need to patch the holes. I have done lots of these.
I cut sheetrock circles so they fit in snug. Recess them about a quarter of an inch, fill with hot mud to level. Will probably take at least two coats to get flat.

Well, nuf said. Good luck.

Re: Cold Plaster wall

You can have an infrared scan to see all the insulation issues in a matter of min without drilling.then you will know exactly where to repair.
www.infraredsurvey.com

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