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Replaster or dryline and skim?

Postby pornodoll » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:42 am


I need to redecorate my hall, stairs and landing, but firstly need to sort out the walls. Its an old house and the plaster is loose in many will probably all come off in ten minutes.

Could anybody advise on the best option please? Do I get the brickwork replastered, or go for drylining and skimmed. My only main criteria is that I want the stairwell walls to look straight and true.

Thankyou in advance.
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Postby kbrownie » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:39 am

Hi Censored,
Depends on how even the block work is underneath plaster, if it's okay a good plasterer will be able to give you a good finish, if not dot and dab will give good flat walls. But take in to consideration that if a door opening is on the wall it will probally alter the depth of the frame.
Hope some help.
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Postby rosebery » Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:00 pm

Ask a plasterer. Some will say strip right back and replaster with bonding coat and finish coat. Others will say dry line and skim. The former will probably be more expensive and take a lot, lot longer to dry out for decorating.

However, before you make that decision I would suggest that you need to start finding out if the plaster is completly blown all over (or even if it's just completely shot - turned to dust) or it's just in a few patches. If it's just a few patches then it can probably be patched but if it would start to look like a quilt then start again is probably the best option.

Perhaps the best solution is to get two or three plasterers in to give you on the spot advice and a quote. Can't tell remotely.

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Postby pornodoll » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:01 pm

Thankyou for your replies. Yes, I think I probably need to get a couple of plasterers round to have a look.

Thanks again.
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