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Resurfacing old, rough plaster walls

I'm sure there's been a thread about this in the past, but I cannot seem to find it. The hallway of our 1792 home was replastered by the previous owners in the early 70s. Removing a window in this hallway revealed very old horsehair plaster beneath the current surface, which is about 1/4 thick. The plaster is unpainted and almost stucco like (and its grey and depressing looking). I tried sanding a small patch of it, but I'm concerned that there might be asbestos or lead in the plaster, and frankly, it seems like a better idea to resurface the entire hallway. I'm considering doing this myself...any experience with this? Advice?

Re: Resurfacing old, rough plaster walls

It's almost always more expedient to go right over the existing plaster with new sheetrock, using a portable drill with a screwdriver attachment to set the sheet rock screws into the old wood lath.

This will give you a new and very smooth surface that you will never get by trying to sand the old plaster.

Google "installing drywall diy" (without the quotes) to get sites for a diy project, and enter the phrase "installing drywall (without the quotes) into the search page of the site below.


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