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I have to repair a plaster ceiling (on a T&M basis) Their was a water problem (that has been corrected), Two sections of the ceiling are down (appx 2ft x 3ft sections) I know once I start some additional ceiling will be weakened and come off as well. Their is no wood lath showing so once I clean the area and begin replastering I want to build it up enough so that joint compound can be applied in a way to duplicate the adjoining surface.
Would you do this differantly or am I on the right track?
Jim
 

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I would take it down to the wood lath and treat the area for mold. Fill in area with drywall and there ya have it.
 

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Jim, do you have a situation where the top layer of plaster (finish coat) has failed? How old is the home? When you mentioned that there is no lath showing it makes me think that the problem might not be too big, unless the plaster is put on a base of plaster board. How deep are we talking?
Be careful with old plaster, if you start tearing it down, you may end up wondering where you will stop. :wallbash:
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The plaster guy that we work with uses fast dry durabond (the stuff you mix yourself) for repairs. It dries alot harder (and faster) than ready mix joint compound and with proper troweling can give the appearance of smooth, hard plaster/
 

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Thank you

OK The job is in progress it was a plaster board and problem was caused by a pinhole leak that went undetected for a long time. This is a first floor ceiling the floor above is concrete. So far so good, The three guys who responded to my question Thank you! I used everyones advice, by cleaning it, putting up some drywall and using initial coat of fast dry and then some joint compound. Customer did not want to wait for a true plaster finish to cure.
Thanks again
Jim
 
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