1. S

    "Organic" plaster finish to look like lime plaster

    We want to plaster a feature wall of our living room to have a natural organic finish, a bit like a "faux" lime render. It is a 19th C. house but it is a sand-cement mortar, so the work involved with a lime plaster is unnecessary. Ideally we'd have it plastered flat and add a textured layer at...
  2. G

    Advice on removing basement plaster (damp)

    Hi All, I'm looking for some advice on what to do about the old plaster and metal lath in my basement (Victorian ground floor flat in London). For some background, there was previously drywall in the basement and the paper on it had gone extremely mouldy. I've been researching a lot about...
  3. W

    Cover an architrave

    How would people suggest I cover up the architrave in the photo below? I dont want to see it all, I'd like a totally flush door. Any special filler or will it just crack? Thanks
  4. R

    Plastering a new block wall

    Hi, the internal walls of my new extension are Fibolite blocks (I assume can be considered the same at Thermalite). Regarding the plastering - I would like 'proper' plastering rather than dot & dab plasterboard. Questions: 1. I'm guessing a fully plastered wall is more expensive than dot & dab...
  5. KevinRussell

    Plastering advice for DIYer please!

    Hi Chaps I removed a wooden Curtain rail that was embedded in plaster and some of the plaster came away. It's too small a job to get a plasterer i so I'm going to have a go at it. From experience, I need to add a scratch coat then a 2mm or so finishing coat (thistle?) but as you can see from...
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  7. S

    Can you use a Speedskim for criling with holes for downlights?

    I have a bathroom ceiling to plaster that has easily-removable downlights fitted. With the downlights removed would I be able to use a speed skim, or would it be problematic because of the downlight holes? I wonder if I would end up pushing plaster into the hole and find myself in a real mess? TIA
  8. D

    Replacing old bathroom wallpaper with paint

    The bathroom is half-tiled, half-wallpapered. However, it's been maybe 30 years, and the wallpaper is in bad shape. I would like to sort it out myself. I think painting would be easier than papering or tiling. However, I'm not sure exactly what I need to do to get it into a paintable state. As...
  9. DannyDyer

    Reoccurring wall cracks - What should I do?

    I live in a rental flat and it’s location is pretty much perfect for my needs. So I don’t really want to move any time soon. But since moving in, I realised there’s a lot of cracks all over the place. Pretty much every single wall or ceiling has at least one crack across it (left to right)...
  10. B

    Repairing random rubble wall after chimney breast removal

    I have recently removed loads of chimney breast from the ground and first floor in my property. On the first floor and in the loft, the breast wasn't tied into the party wall so it was very easy to remove. Downstairs the breast was tied in to the random rubble wall and removing it was a...
  11. G

    Plasterboard to solid wall corner join

    Hi All, Re-doing the downstairs toilet, all decorated, ready to fit the toilet, but then a change of plan from the a built in cistern is wanted... I've built the half stud wall, cut the plasterboard to size, but uncertain on the best way to plaster into the corner to make a nice...
  12. K

    covering/hiding hairline cracks in old skimming

    Hi All, As usual, looking for a bit of professional advice :) In small room, removed old wall paper and underneath old plaster which looks and feels solid, but has dozens of tiny, very thin cracks (will try to add picture, not sure if cracks will be visible). We would prefer to paint that wall...
  13. Carrieg22

    Patchy paint on newly plastered walls

    Hi, we recently had our walls skimmed and re-plastered. The decorator used a mist coat before painting. This is the third coat of paint and we’re still seeing patches. They almost look more porous? Does anyone know what this could be and how to fix it please? Thanks!
  14. S

    Crack Repair Help

    Happy Easter all, I am currently redecorating my bathroom and I am trying to repair a crack in the ceiling. I discovered that the crack was due to the board moving and this was due to the original plasterboarder using a ridiculously small piece of scrap timber to increase the joist width and...
  15. W

    Internal stone walls

    Hi all, I am hoping to get some advice. I have a Victorian property where all the walls (internal and external) are solid stone with thick horsehair plaster/ lime and multiple layers of wall paper. Some of the external walls are quite damp as the previous occupants never did any work to the...
  16. J

    Repairing plaster under stripped wallpaper

    Hello, DIY-Novice here hoping to get advice on how to repair some walls I’ve stripped of lino-paper and wallpaper My intention was to strip paper, sugar soap it, sand it and then prime, before filling in crack/gaps. However I am now confused by what I’ve found underneath. In Room 1 it seems...
  17. A

    Bitumen under upstairs bay window

    Hi all, I have an upstairs bay window that has bitumen painted underneath it (I assume to prevent damp) and then been wallpapered directly on top and it looks god awful. Its single skin so I want to insulate and board. Can I stick insulation directly to the bitumen with foam and then board and...
  18. bettz1

    How to deal with a screw pop

    Hi we've a few of these around the house and I think there called screw pops? What's the best way to deal with these,as I'm wondering if I fill over them will they just come back again? Is it worth taking the screw out?
  19. S

    Break out plaster and concrete

    Hello I am uncovering the path of a pipe buried in plasters in a wall and concrete in a floor The pipe is made of lead and transitions to copper What is the best way to break out plaster and concrete without damaging the pipe Thanks
  20. R

    Neatening up underside of winder stairs

    i have a double winder staircase that has its underside plastered around the lower half. Its not done very neatly, where it meets the wall is pretty wavy and random, and the curve is irregular and has grooves all over it. What can I do as a novice? Can easifill help me here? Because thats the...