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How to repair cracks in plaster walls using spackle or patching plaster. Some tips.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1990 (v.68#1) pg. 60

Step-by-step instructions for fixing a hole in plaster or drywall.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 78

Tips on repairing holes in plaster where the lath is exposed.
COST CUTS Apr 1987 (v.4#5) pg. 5

Repairing old plaster. It is less expensive to repair up to 50% of the wall and ceiling with two coat plaster than it is to remove all the plaster and lath and install new gypsum board.
COST CUTS Jul 1988 (v.5#6) pg. 1

Plaster. Cracked or missing, it's worth saving. Tips on planning, making repairs, filling cracks, reattaching, etc.
COST CUTS Feb-Mar 1990 (v.7#1) pg. 6
Added Info COST CUTS Jun 1990 (v.7#3) pg. 14

How to make real plastered walls in miniature doll houses.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #94 Aug 1983 (v.8#10) pg. 48

Antiquing and distressing techniques for plaster pieces.
DECORATIVE ARTIST'S WORKBOOK Nov-Dec 1995 (v.22#6) pg. 18

Restoring old plaster. How to remove damaged plaster, repair wood lath and re-plaster.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Oct 1981 (v.12#5) pg. 40

How to repair holes in plaster and plasterboard walls.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #149 Dec 1973 (v.23#9) pg. 50

How to repair water damage to walls and ceilings. Covers locating and correcting problems in roofs and patching plaster and drywall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #199 May-Jun 1979 (v.29#5) pg. 62

The right way to fix plaster cracks.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #200 Jul-Aug 1979 (v.29#6) pg. 64

How to patch a hole in a plaster wall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #274 Dec 1986 (v.36#10) pg. 42

Repairing cracks and small holes in plaster. Some tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #276 Feb 1987 (v.37#2) pg. 52

Repairing plaster. How to fix old-fashioned plaster walls with cracks, holes or a large area needing patching. Also describes how to apply lining canvas to a wall with small gaps or hairline cracks.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #316 Mar 1991 (v.41#3) pg. 60

How to repair a loose, cracked ceiling using plaster washers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #332 Oct 1992 (v.42#9) pg. 8

Advice on repairing plaster around the edges of doorways and windows.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #333 Nov-Dec 1992 (v.42#10) pg. 10
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #341 Sep 1993 (v.43#8) pg. 8

Making walls flat and smooth. Looks at the makeup of a pre-1950 plaster wall and a modern wall using drywall construction.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #345 Feb 1994 (v.44#2) pg. 14

Tip on using hot glue to reattach loose plaster to the lath.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 87

Skim coating. A second chance for rough-looking walls. How to apply a thin veneer of gypsum-based joint compound over an entire wall or ceiling to get a smooth, even surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #365 Feb 1996 (v.46#2) pg. 42

Tip shows how to patch a large hole in drywall or plaster using fiberglass mesh drywall tape.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #368 May 1996 (v.46#5) pg. 97

Tip shows how to replace broken plaster and lath with plywood in an area where screw mounts are needed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #382 Oct 1997 (v.47#9) pg. 14

Tips on repairing ceiling plaster which has separated from the lath in older houses.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #2 Apr-May 1981 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #4 Aug-Sep 1981 pg. 9

Technique for patching cracks in sound plaster.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 6

Tip: Ceiling repair of plaster relies on special Sheetrock screws to hold the new material in place.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 8

Tip: How to replicate the irregular, craterlike texture found in the finish coat of Swedish putty plaster.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #12 Dec 1982-Jan 1983 pg. 8

How to patch a damaged outside corner without installing corner bead.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 16

Veneer plaster. How to achieve the texture of plaster on lath by applying veneer plaster over gypboard.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 72

How to secure the plaster around the perimeter of a large hole being cut into a lath-and-plaster ceiling.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #18 Dec 1983-Jan 1984 pg. 12

Tip on removing old plaster from an exterior brick wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #22 Aug-Sep 1984 pg. 10

Tips on replastering over existing lath.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #23 Oct-Nov 1984 pg. 10

Tips on resurfacing plaster walls with a skim or veneer coat.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #28 Aug-Sep 1985 pg. 10
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #31 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 4

Two-coat plaster. How to apply two coats of plaster to achieve a wavy and textured finish that is suitable for use with Tudor or Spanish Colonial Revival homes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #31 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 58

Advice on repairing interior lath and plaster walls and ceilings which suffer from hairline cracks.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #43 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 8

Tips on repairing old plaster that is delaminating between the base coat and the finish coat.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 16

Tip on preventing vibration from a reciprocating saw from damaging adjacent plaster.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #54 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 26

Scribing method for marking a drywall patch to fit an irregular-shape hole in a plaster wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #68 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 28

Tip on using cyanoacrylate adhesive to bond plaster finish coats to the scratch coat.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 30

Tip on reinforcing damaged plaster by injecting yellow glue.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #79 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 30

A new way to repair old plaster that uses basic methods and materials, and that requires no sanding.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #103 Jun-Jul 1996 pg. 90

Fillers for fixing holes and cracks in wood, hardboard, plaster, gypsum board, metal, etc.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1979 (v.3#10) pg. 69

Patching plaster cracks and holes.
HOME CRAFTSMAN May-Jun 1965 (v.34#2) pg. 42

Plaster repair. Tips on making plaster repairs involving the use of expanded metal lath and several coats of plaster.
HOME MECHANIX #713 Sep 1987 (v.83) pg. 26

Tip: Make a "groove crack gouger" to enlarge a crack in plaster and make it ready to be repaired.
HOME MECHANIX #724 Aug 1988 (v.84) pg. 59

Faster plaster. A skim-coat system (a hybrid between plaster and drywall) that makes it easy to get a variety of traditional high-quality wall finishes.
HOME MECHANIX #752 Feb 1991 (v.87) pg. 68

Fixing cracks in plaster and drywall.
HOME MECHANIX #791 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 (v.90) pg. 10

Whole-house wall repair. Quick fixes for drywall, plaster, wallpaper and paneling. A companion guide to accompany the PBS television series "Hometime".
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1988 (v.13#1) pg. 65

Plaster surgery. The best ways to patch holes and fix blemishes of all shapes and sizes.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1988 (v.13#9) pg. 52

A proportioning balance for gypsum plasters. Balance beam is used to measure the correct amount of dry plaster and water.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Feb 1982 (v.71#2) pg. 26

Primer on repairing holes in plaster and plasterboard walls and ceilings.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #533 Oct 1972 (v.68) pg. 97

Fixing old ceilings and walls. Repairing holes and broken plaster, dropping high ceilings, etc.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #640 Sep 1981 (v.77) pg. 74

How to patch cracks and holes in paster walls and gypsum-board walls.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #655 Dec 1982 (v.78) pg. 36

How to patch old fixture holes in plaster or drywall.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #678 Oct 1984 (v.80) pg. 26

The bare-brick mistake. Cautions against removing plaster off a wall to get down to bare brick.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1973 (v.1#2) pg. 2

How to restore damaged plaster and how to replace that which is beyond hope. Part 1. Minor repairs. Describes the types of lath used in old houses and how to fill cracks and small holes.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1973 (v.1#3) pg. 5

How to restore damaged plaster and how to replace that which is beyond hope. Part 2. Major repairs. How to repair or replace loose or bulging plaster. Includes information on mixing plaster and tips on how to use ceiling anchors.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1974 (v.2#1) pg. 5

How to restore damaged plaster and how to replace that which is beyond hope. Part 3. Duplicating plaster cornices. How to duplicate in wood or plater and make templates for wall molding and for wall/ceiling molding.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1974 (v.2#2) pg. 7

How to restore damaged plaster and how to replace that which is beyond hope. Part 4. How to duplicate ornamental plasterwork with plaster castings. Covers making the mold, building a mother, casting techniques and installing the plasterwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1974 (v.2#3) pg. 1

Formula for improved patching plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1975 (v.3#6) pg. 2

Re-creating the effect of Colonial plaster walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1975 (v.3#9) pg. 1
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1975 (v.3#10) pg. 2

Tip: Use latex caulk to fill joints between woodwork and plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1976 (v.4#5) pg. 11

Preparing the walls of an old house to be painted. Part 1. Preparing plaster surfaces.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1977 (v.5#6) pg. 70

Preparing the walls of an old house to be painted. Part 2. Patching cracks in plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1977 (v.5#7) pg. 80

Tip: How to re-anchor a loose, spongy plaster wall to avoid having to replaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1978 (v.6#2) pg. 14

Tip: Patching cracks in plaster using a vinyl compound called "Tuff-Patch".
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1978 (v.6#11) pg. 131

Tip: A simple method for repairing missing patches of plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 11

Restoring damaged plaster. Part 1. A look at plaster vs. drywall. How to salvage plaster. Covers surface preparation, tightening loose plaster and dealing with cracks.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1979 (v.7#2) pg. 21

Restoring damaged plaster. Part 2. Taping and sanding.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1979 (v.7#3) pg. 34

Tip: How to fill expansion cracks with nylon tape and joint compound to make a strong patch that will resist cracking.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.7#4) pg. 47

Tip: A guide to the bonding agents used by the National Trust Restoration Workshop when restoring plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1979 (v.7#5) pg. 59

Tip: How to cover plaster filled with hairline cracks with special fabric linings.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1980 (v.8#2) pg. 18

How to take down an old plaster medallion from a ceiling, remove paint, repair, repaint, and reattach to the ceiling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1980 (v.8#8) pg. 95

How to save that old ceiling. How to remove calcimine and damaged sections of plaster, prepare for patching, make the patch, use plastic washers to tighten sagging plaster, spackle cracks and face washers, and repaint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.8#10) pg. 131

Tip: How to keep patching plaster from hardening too quickly by adding vinegar.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1980 (v.8#12) pg. 206

Tip: How to repair bubbles and cracks in old canvas that has been applied to plaster walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1981 (v.9#1) pg. 20

Tip: How to prepare old wooden lath to receive a new coat of plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1981 (v.9#5) pg. 119

Tip: Stuff newspapers into a hole before filling (patching) with plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 190

Plaster resurfacing: How to use the Glid-Wall fiberglass system from Johns-Manville to repair plaster walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1982 (v.10#6) pg. 121

How to make minor structural repairs to a hung (suspended) plaster ceiling which is sagging. How to re-attach a plaster ceiling medallion which is "dangling".
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.11#1) pg. 24

What's possible in plaster restoration. An introduction to the secrets of economical flat plaster repair.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1983 (v.11#9) pg. 200

How to repair sections of damaged plaster with drywall.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1983 (v.11#10) pg. 220

Paint-encrusted plaster. A review of all options to deal with paint-encrusted plaster. They include living with it, covering it, or stripping off the paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1984 (v.12#6) pg. 111

Tip: Patch plaster ceiling moldings with drywall joint compound.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1986 (v.14#1) pg. 46

Textured plaster finishes. Description of the tools and methods traditionally used to produce textured wall finishes that were popular during the 1915-1930 era.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1986 (v.14#2) pg. 75

Three-coat plaster patching.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 285

How to get rid of unwanted texture finish on walls and ceilings. Describes steaming it off, removing sand paint, stripping moldings and covering a finish you can't get rid of.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.14#8) pg. 374

Tip for securing long runs of decorative plaster moldings prior to removing the plaster from adjacent walls and ceiling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1987 (v.15#1) pg. 14

Tip: How to fill in a hole in a wall of wooden lath and plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.15#5) pg. 58

Tip: Ornamental plasterer notes "capping out" alternative to covering damaged plaster with Sheetrock.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.15#5) pg. 58

Saving irreplaceable plaster. An explanation of an adaption of injected-adhesive bonding techniques and materials that were originally developed for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1987 (v.15#6) pg. 51

Use plaster-cast bandages in lieu of fiberglass tape when repairing plaster walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1988 (v.16#1) pg. 18

The basics of plaster repair.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1988 (v.16#2) pg. 29
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1988 (v.16#4) pg. 8
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1988 (v.16#5) pg. 14

Tip: Use plaster-cast bandages in lieu of fiberglass tape when patching plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1988 (v.16#4) pg. 18

Tips on how to remove plaster marks from wooden beams.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.17#1) pg. 19

Make a useful tool for cleaning old mortar off exposed brick or taking down high spots in rough plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1990 (v.18#4) pg. 18

Restoring a traditional three-coat plaster ceiling and plaster moldings.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1990 (v.18#5) pg. 50

Tip on simulating an old Anaglypta pattern over a patched area of a plaster wall.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1990 (v.18#6) pg. 14

Tip on using a Scotch Brite pad for "dustless" sanding of patching plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1991 (v.19#2) pg. 30

Tip on installing a screw into plaster without damaging the plaster.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1991 (v.19#3) pg. 16

Prairie plaster. A look at the sand-float finish and dye treatments that created multicolored walls in F.L. Wright's houses. Includes preservation tips.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1993 (v.21#1) pg. 36

High-tech help for primative plaster. Using 1990s adhesives and consolidants, plus kitchen chemistry and farmyard physics, to repair and stabilize 18th-century "pioneer plaster" walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. 44

Survival guide. The best advice from 20 years of OHJ. (1) Where to begin a renovation. (2) Cleaning tips. (3) Saving old plaster. (4) Basic tools. (5) Do-it-yourself scaffolds. (6) Wood floor care and repair. (7) Stripping paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. Insert

Tip on prewetting when plastering directly on masonry (brick).
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1995 (v.23#1) pg. 14

Three techniques for textured plaster. (1) Spanish texture with deep shadows and subtle whorls. (2) California texture with nicks, rises and other trowel marks. (3) Travertine texture with groups of cavities divided into blocks by simulated mortar joints.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1997 (v.25#2) pg. 38

Tip suggests tinting patching compound to make it easier to find it for prepping.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.25#6) pg. 18

Tip shows how to make a large sanding pad for finish-sanding plaster repairs and drywall seams.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1998 (v.26#1) pg. 18

Simple keys to plaster repair. Covers crack repair, delamination, key failure, deep repairs and repairs under canvas.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1998 (v.26#1) pg. 40

Plaster or drywall. The options available for the home restorer.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1998 (v.26#5) pg. 43

Tip on repairing sagging ceiling plaster by using "plaster washers".
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1989 (v.166#10) pg. 99

Plaster work in old house restoration. Some tips.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1991 (v.168#7) pg. 92

Tip on selecting, using, and drying plaster, drywall compound or patching compound
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1991 (v.168#9) pg. 70

Patching cracks in plaster using drywall compound and tape.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1991 (v.168#12) pg. 62

Plaster repair in old houses. How to reinforce and repair cracks, holes and loose plaster.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1992 (v.169#3) pg. 70

How to correct minor ceiling and wall problems. Covers fixing a sagging ceiling, repairing cracks, holes and chip cracking in old-fashioned plaster walls.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1986 (v.1#1) pg. 66

Patching plaster ceilings with drywall and joint compound.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jan 1987 (v.2#1) pg. 80

Patching plaster with plaster. The old way of repairing plaster walls gives you a harder, smoother finish.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Feb 1988 (v.3#2) pg. 92

Patching a plaster wall.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1965 (v.36#5) pg. 75

How to repair plaster.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Spring 1979 pg. 92

Tip on repairing a hole in plaster using special washers and fiberglass-mesh tape.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #825 May 1998 (v.94) pg. 81

How to make a cross-grain float, a wooden tool used by plasterers to achieve a top quality finish.
WOODWORKER #1070 Jan 1983 (v.87) pg. 49

Repairing holes and cracks in plaster.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1965 (v.21#2) pg. 56

Add texture to a wall by applying a thin coat of plaster in long, sweeping curves.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1969 (v.25#5) pg. 45

Tip: Add vinegar to plaster of Paris to slow down setting time.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1979 (v.35#1) pg. 4

Tip suggests cutting an old basketball in half and making two bowls that are good for mixing patching plaster.
WORKBENCH Aug 1997 (v.53#4) pg. 10