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Repairing Horse Hair Plaster with Big Wallys Plaster Magic

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Looking for opinions....

I have been repairing my horse hair plaster walls with Big Wallys. As part of the process, I gouge out the cracks a bit deeper and use paper tape to seal the crack, layering joint compound in the usual manner.  I recently saw a video where the repair didn't use any type of paper or mesh, but simply joint compounded over the crack and holes.

What do you think of NOT using tape? 

I always thought the cracks would reappear at some point.  Not using tape will be much faster.  I am about to repair a bedroom with many creakscks so I want to do it right.

As always, thanks!  Joe

 I would not make the (post #216473, reply #1 of 3)

 I would not make the repairs with out fiberglass mesh tape and hot mud.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

I'm vaguely recalling (post #216473, reply #2 of 3)

I'm vaguely recalling reading, several years back, of a sort of wallpaper designed for this sort of situation.

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I like FibaFuse products for (post #216473, reply #3 of 3)

I like FibaFuse products for a job like yours. They make a joint tape that's great for cracks and repairs, partly because its thinner than paper or fiberglass mesh tapes.

They also make a wide product that goes on kind of like wallpaper, to cover the entire wll and eliminate cracks.