The Cross House
I had planned on simply filling all the smaller holes with sheetrock, and then sheetrocking over the entire ceiling. This is what I have done for decades.
But…but…this is the first old house I have ever restored which had radiators.
And what, you might ask, do radiators have to to with plaster?
Why, as I have now learned, everything: radiators, and plaster walls/ceilings, actually work in tandem. The former creates heat, and the latter absorbs it and then radiates it back out (something sheetrock does not do).
So, now I want as much plaster as possible in my house. Plus, well, I just love plaster.
Last year, I had delivered two 5-gallon containers of plaster from Master of Plaster. I thought one was for the “scratch” coat, and the other for the finish coat.
Recently, my assumptions proved incorrect. It turns out that one container is the “base coat” and the other is the “finish coat”. The coats though are really just finish coats.
So, what about the rough “scratch” coat to fill in like a 1/2-inch of depth? Master of Plaster recommend I buy…
The product was SO not locally available. It was though easily available online. Walmart had individual bags available for $16 each with $16 in shipping…or $32 bucks a bag. Ouch.
Most everybody else had a 40 bag minimum order. Ouch. PLUS shipping. Big ouch. And each bag is 50 pounds! OUCH!
Then I found that Manards had a 20-bag minimum, about $13 a bag, and free shipping to a local store. Oh!
Hence, the ten bags seen in the above image. I have been taking 5 bags out of my car a day. At 50 pounds a bag, that is more than enough for my 61-year-old body. So, 10 down, 10 more to go.
NOTE: I have no idea of what I am doing. However, this is not the first time I have plunged ahead with something while having no idea of what I was doing and, yet, all usually worked out in the end. I figure that, in a month or two, I will be a friggin’ plaster EXPERT! And my learning curve will be…fully revealed.