Crumbling plaster in 1927 bathroom

I've chipped off a 1 1/2 by 5 foot area of loose plaster in my bathroom. Looks like a rip from ceiling to 1/4 from the floor. Plaster is probably around 100 years old, is sand coloured and has some black specks, wall is old red bricks.

Hopefully it was steam from the shower which got in through some loose wallpaper, but it could also be from the flat roof of the extension which is now next to the wall. Again the area touches the hole for the stink pipe so this could also be a factor.

Can't afford to get someone so will try myself doesn't need to be perfect... Question is which plaster should I use? DIY book says concrete based plaster for areas prone to dampness? Can't figure whats what from product descriptions, for example what does mechanical key refer...

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Plaster History - Decorative Design in Plaster - Catalogue put out by Picton Hopkins & Son Pty Ltd circa 1927. Picton Hopkins were originally in Bridge Road, Richmond. This is a very detailed catalogue of plaster ornamentation for the architects & builders of Australia. List of famous buildings in Melbourne are listed in some of their contracts. Ceiling mouldings , cornices, roses, ceilings, keystones, corbels, columns, festoons, figures, centre pieces, ventilators, shields etc. Melbourne University, Regent theatre, Plaza theatre, Fire brigade station Carlton, Victoria Coffee house, Bank of Australasia ( National Bank, Collins Street) & APA building were some of their famous contracts. Present day address and details of Hopkins Plaster Studio phone: 03 9706 4822 address: 20 Swift Way Dandenong South VIC 3175 Toorak Plasterers , Prahran Plaster, Box Hill Plaster Repairs, Kew Plaster, Camberwell Plaster, Malvern Plaster, Richmond Plaster ,...

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Decorative Woodworm thin-layer plaster of Ceresit CT35 type and the like is perhaps one of the most interesting and original surface finishes. This material looks like wood eaten by bark beetle and is used for interior and exterior work. Various irregularities give to plaster the reach look and help to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in the house. It’s not a secret to anybody that the monotonous (especially shiny) surfaces act rather annoyingly, while the Woodworm is able to bring peace and tranquility.

How does the effect of such decorative plaster is achieved? Where do I have full Woodworm surface thin-layer decorative plaster applying instruction? Right here! Generally the texture is achieved thanks to the marble chips (grain), which is included into composition. During the coating with spatula the crumbs “scratched” the furrows. That`s how finishing obtains long and narrow grooves. The width and depth of the grooves depends on the grain size, which can have...

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How to hide crumbling plaster walls

Plaster often crumbles as it ages leaving walls and ceilings unsightly. During the early 20th century, plaster was the primary wall and ceiling covering for most homes. Rather than tear out old plaster, you can hide it by covering over it. Skill leve[More]

How to fix old plaster walls

If your house is filled with cracked, crumbled or old plaster, it may be tempting to rip it all away and cover the wall with sheetrock. But there are many advantages to plaster that may make it worth an attempt to repair. Plaster is both durable and[More]

How to Smooth Out Plaster Walls

When a house settles, or shifts in its foundation, there are many signs. One sign is cracking in the plaster walls of the house. Smoothing out the plaster walls requires filling the crack and making the patch blend with the rest of the wall surface.[More]

How to tile a plaster wall

Tiling a wall is a great way to protect the wall...

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Recently, a professional designersincreasingly used decorative plaster in the interior. In the manufacture of the material used, and natural and artificial materials. Because of the decorative plaster can make your apartment or house a unique, giving the walls and ceiling of the required texture and volume. Manufacturers offer a variety of options for this material, so the selection of plasters, it is important to know its purpose.

Venetian plaster includes classic of the rock dust, hydrated lime, natural bee wax.

Attention! Addition of slaked lime, plaster consisting allowed acrylic latex or cement.

In order to make their own hands reliefcertain species composition applied with different sized particles. Solid large particles are ideal for creating on the treated surface and a clear picture of the desired volume.

Small grains make rough wall or ceiling. In the photo - the sample surface obtained by using...

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The Bath School disaster, sometimes known as the Bath School massacre, was a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan, which killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and six adults and injured at least 58 other people.[Note 1] Kehoe killed his wife and firebombed his farm, then detonated an explosion in the Bath Consolidated School before committing suicide by detonating a final device in his truck.

Andrew Kehoe was the 55-year-old school board treasurer and was angered by increased taxes and his defeat in the Spring 1926 election for township clerk. He was thought to have planned his "murderous revenge" after that public defeat. He had a reputation for difficulty on the school board and in personal dealings. In addition, he was notified that his mortgage was going to be foreclosed upon in June 1926.[1] For much of the next year, a neighbor noticed that he had stopped working on his farm and thought that he might be planning...

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Plaster vs Drywall, which is best? As many of you know by now, I’m a stickler for historic accuracy when it comes to remodeling. Some might describe me as obsessive or possibly deranged, but they’re just haters. I prefer to be described as “particular”, or “having high standards” – that just sounds less likely to get me locked up in a padded room. My “particularities” led me to choose plaster instead of drywall when we had to replace several walls in our 1930’s vintage home. Sure, drywall guys will tell you they can match any texture, but drywall is still very different from plaster. Before you dive into hanging drywall in a vintage or high-end home, consider the alternative of plaster.

Plaster vs Drywall

These days you have two general options when it comes to finishing walls: the first is standard drywall, which we’re all pretty familiar with. It’s everywhere, and so is the dust from installing, sanding and finishing it. Drywall consists of gypsum sheets...

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A couple of months ago we bought an 1880 Queen Anne Victorian home.

It has the original slate roof. In the 3rd floor of the round turret the plaster seems to be disintegrating or crumbling below two of the four windows. There is also efflorescence on the ceiling and some of the upper walls. The slate roof at the top of this room seems to be ok. It is a brick exterior

Ok, these are the basic details. (I tried to make it easy to read and concise.) Anyway, I think that I understand the efflorescence on the upper walls and ceiling, but what would make the plaster/concrete be crumbling in to a fine powder from brick exterior walls? I hope that I'm explaining this well...

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Homeowners might spend less time in the bathroom than anywhere else in the house, but that doesn’t mean walls are safer from damage. Humidity and possible water leaks are only two of several reasons why bathroom walls might be in bad condition. You can cover unattractive walls if they’re sound and the damage is superficial. Structural damage, loose tiles, crumbling plaster, rot or mold require comprehensive repair, not a cover up.

Stain-Sealing Paint Primer

Painted walls with stains, such as those from old water leaks or perfume overspray, only need a simple fix. If a water leak is the cause, repair the leak before covering stains. Scrub the walls first using mild detergent or soap and warm water if stains have a raised texture, such as old hairspray flecks; this smoothes and prepare the surface. Stain-sealing paint primer covers most stains and forms a barrier so they can’t wick back to the surface. In some cases, you’ll need two or more coats. After the primer...

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Tiles and waterproof boards for bathrooms are in themselves water resistant, but if you are going to create a wet room you need to be absolutely confident that the joints between the tiles do not leak and cause expensive damage to the fabric of your building, especially if you are creating a wetroom above the ground floor.

Waterproofing Behind Tiles

If you are going to be fitting a shower, or tiling a bathroom, for the first time you might also want to be sure that what you are creating is 100% watertight. Grouting tiles is a skill that takes some practice, and it is the joints between the tiles that forms the weak link in the chain, in any bathroom, kitchen or cloakroom.

Using a liquid membrane underneath tiles gives you peace of mind that what you are fitting will remain water resistant and that the only route for the water is down the drain.

The Aquaseal tanking system is suitable for wetrooms and wet zones in bathrooms, kitchen and cloakrooms

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One of the easiest mistakes to make when renovating a historic home is to tear down the old plaster walls and replace them with modern drywall and joint compound. This not only destroys the historic architecture and features that make a historic home great, but it also adds to the overall costs of the project exponentially.

Lime plaster has been in use for thousands of years from Japan to Egypt and has been employed in many historic structures around the globe. Lime plaster is a far superior product than today’s modern wall coverings. With its crystalline structure, it repels moisture well while allowing for the contraction and expansion that often occurs in older homes during changing weather conditions. In fact, as the plaster’s structure calcifies (ages), it increases in durability and strength!

A Little History First

Traditional lime plaster was used for wall coverings until WWII. It was applied in a 3 coat process over thin wood furring strips called lath...

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If you live in an older home with sagging plaster on your walls and ceilings, you can fix it. Many older houses have plaster walls and ceilings with wood lath for a base. The wood lath was installed with gaps, called keys, between each piece of lath. The plaster was forced between spaced lath, and this keying action held the plaster in place.

As plaster ages, these keys may break away from the lath, and the plaster coating can come loose and sag away from the lath. Sagging is usually obvious. If you have sags in a plaster ceiling, press upward on the area with the flat of your hand. If the plaster feels spongy or gives under your hand pressure, it’s a sign that the key strength has been lost. If it’s not repaired, the plaster ceiling can collapse.

Whether you patch or replace the sagging plaster depends on the extent of the damage:

If the sagging is severe, meaning that it’s hanging an inch or more away from the lath base, or if it covers a large portion of...

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All too often I see people rip out plaster walls because they are cracked or have a bulge and replace them with drywall. Depending on the extent of the damage, it is often easier and cheaper to repair the wall and ceiling. Unfortunately, most folks don't know how to do this and speculate that it is hard work. I am going to be doing alot of plaster repair in the next few weeks and have decided to let you all in on the secrets of how to do this. There will be plaster on brick, plaster on lath and plaster on metal lath happening here as well as some drywalling next to plaster repair. Let me just add that doing all the plaster repair is considered the easy method of wall repair in my case because I plan to smooth out the textured walls as I have done in every other room so far. I need to get some hydrated lime, some sand and some plaster this week so that I can get started but let me show you what is prompting this crash course. I had a bulging wall that I thought would have to be...

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Beat-Up Bungalow

EXTERIOR, BEFORE: This 1923 bungalow was abandoned and neglected, but it had potential to be restored with a few repairs. For starters, the front stairs had sunk and were pulling away from the house and a huge whole in the roof flooded the kitchen every time it rained.

Brick Beauty

EXTERIOR, AFTER: The facade is brighter and more defined with tan fascia boards that are dark brown underneath and white trim around the windows. Along with some general landscaping, the stairs were torn out and replaced to complete this home's front yard.

Crumbling Mess

PLANTER BOX, BEFORE: There wasn't much left of the old brick planter as water damage had caused it to start collapsing away from the house.

Fit For Flowers

PLANTER BOX, AFTER: Even though it made the job a little more difficult, textured bricks were used to rebuild the planter so it would match the original...

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