Tips for repairing your old plaster walls?
I'm in the middle of renno-ing the living room of my 1920s bungalow. In addition to the various age related cracks in the walls, some old plaster repairs chipped off and I removed the rest of what would come loose.
This 'repair' was over a large section of wall where the original built-in collonade/bookcase served as the room divider. The prior PO (probably 1950s PO...) removed the matching bookcase collonades, unfortunately.
It appears that upon removing the bookcases that a large chunk of wall went with it. They filled a large hole with modern day plaster product. Since I do not have a smooth surface, I assume I will have to sand it down with an electric sander and then plaster over the surface to make it even.
The plaster appears attached to the lathe with no movement, but the wall is heavily cracked in the exact outline of the collonade approx. 5ft tall, plus other random cracks.
Initially, I was thinking I'd have to go the plaster washer/bolt route. But, I'm now thinking simply re-plastering is all I need to do to fix it since the wall isn't seperating from the lathe.
I have been using 'All Purpose Joint Compound (pre-mix jar)' on the other smaller repairs, but bought the box of Sheetrock Patching Compound (add water and mix...) plaster of paris/limestone, etc. stuff.
Am I on the right path for this repair and using the right product?
It's a large space so I don't want to screw it up and then have to redo it.
Thanks for the tips/advice!