Do you live in a house which is already 50 years old or even older? If so, then its more likely that the walls of the old house have plasters. The plaster walls are widely common especially in the year of 18th and 19th century. In this time, the plasters had reached its peak of popularity due to its availability, workability and its efficiency to produce such high quality, smooth walls and baroque establishments. Even though the plaster walls are rarely used but they are still available in the market. For this generation, the joint compound is more favorable than the plaster walls since it is easy to work with. Even though the compound is slow to set up and harden however it is easy to sand and it mixes easily. Moreover, you can easily buy an already mixed and easy to clean joint compound. After the joint compound has been applied on the wall, the water then leaves by evaporation and the hard white stuff is left. On the other hand, though the plaster sets up quickly and hardens like a cement but it will be difficult to work with and clean up once it has been set up and hardened. The plaster quickly sets up because there is a chemical reaction happening between the plaster and water. Therefore, joint compound has been given great usage compared to the plaster in new homes and patching jobs. Notwithstanding the hitting truth that plaster still remains the superior product. This is for the reason that the plaster is hard which makes it not to be easily damaged nor scratched. Enclosed here are the things you should consider especially fi you are working with plasters. But you must take note that every plaster differs from one another.
First thing you should consider in order to overcome the challenges with plasters is when you want to hang a picture frame from a hook with a nail on it, you must first put a large piece of masking on the application area. This is done to avoid chipping out of the walls. And once the nail has been already placed on the walls, you can now remove the tape. You must be reminded that you must drill a pilot hole once you want to drive a screw through plaster.
Another thing that you must do is not use a drywall screw in plasters. Third thing to remember is to avoid screwing into the wood since it holds the plaster on the wall rather you must do it into the wall studs itself. To view more tips regarding on working with plasters you can see here.