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New to the world of plaster!

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:05 pm
by CanadianGP
I just moved into my first house that has plaster walls and have 2 questions...........for now.

What's the best way to install a chair rail?

What product should I use to fill several large (1.5") holes in the walls.

Thanks in advance.

Re: New to the world of plaster!

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:20 pm
by Aaron
Chair rail is just a wood trim casing that is tacked to a wall. So the best way is to use good tools: a laser level, 18 gauge brad nailer, and miter saw.

A very large hole would probably require a piece of drywall about the size of the hole to patch it. Smaller holes can be patched with mud and tape.

Re: New to the world of plaster!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:00 am
by Shannon
I have also found that brad nailer will usually do the trick and a small dab of construction adhesive as well will help hold it firmly in place. Just remember this construction adhesive will damage the surface if you remove the trim in the future .If you do not have access to a brad nailer you can predrill through the trim and wall into studs and install regular trim nails with a hammer.

Patching that I have done i've been able to use drywall and tape and mud the area floating the patch area out in the end. I have never used actual plaster so I can't speak on that.We have a resident Plaster guy here ,"Clarence" hopefully he will be by soon with some insight for you also.