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How do I repair this?

Discussion in 'Building' started by dazzystar, 18 May 2020.

  1. dazzystar

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    Hi All,

    Below are some images of our dining room wall where all the skirting board has been removed as it is not wanted. This has left two large gaps either side of the chimney breast which I'd like to repair. The larger gap is approx. 30cm wide, 10cm deep, 8cm high.

    We want to wallpaper over the entire wall. Can anyone recommend a way of filling these voids please?

    Cheers
    Daz
     

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    Suppose you could chop material out until you have 2 rectangular holes, build a crude wooden frame to size, pin a bit of plasterboard on and re skim, or maybe you could chop the entire brick out and put new ones in?
     
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    Thanks. One of my concerns is that you can see the floorboards go right inside the gaps too. Unfortunately, I don't have any scrap bit of plasterboard and don't fancy buying a whole sheet. What would I use to plaster over the holes once I've put a brick or two inside?
     
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    Clue is in your reply :)
     
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    What about expanding foam. Could I use that? My question about plaster is whether I should use mortar or something else?
     
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    Be a lousy finish with EF. Plaster will give the neatest finish, it's not expensive and as only a small patch shouldn't be too difficult to get a decent finish.
     
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    A plasterer I'm not but I'll give something a go. Would be a lot easier for me to replace with new skirting boards!
     
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    Set a false front back 5mm Off your plaster line using a hardboard template of the infill area and use expanding foam. The template is simply a paper tracing of your damaged area.Simply easyfill over the false front flush with the wall. If not nice skirting boards would be a whole lot easier.
     
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    Thanks Johnny. Sounds like a good plan. I'll order some 5mm thick plywood from wickes and build a 'box' which I'll screw / glue to the floorboards. Would there be any need to fill with foam?
     
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    Personally I would draughts etc plus it’s more solid that way. Rodent movement and peace of mind plus it’s cheap to fill. So yeah.
     
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    Thanks again. What product would I use to cover the box? Cement or something similar I assume but could do with some advice please.
     
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    Easifill should finish it off nicely.
     
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    Great. Now just need to find somewhere who has it available for delivery!
     
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    Hi dazzy, just make sure you have a coat of pva on the box section it will help the easifll adhere to the surface better.
     
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