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fixing a hole

Posted by Bruce M on September 24th, 1998 09:08 PM
In reply to Big hole in the wall! by Annabelle on September 23rd, 1998 04:36 PM [Go to top of thread]

HI Anabelle
You don't mention it, but if they had to cut off a stud to insert the A/C unit, you will have to build a new box-frame into the opening, which can be a bit tricky if the existing studs are difficult to reach from the opening. If this is something you haven't done, you may have to get a local carpenter, as the studs are probably close to a full 2" X 4", meaning 2X6's will have to be ripped down to the old stud size. The exterior stucco patch should not pose too much of a problem if you have applied stucco in the past. If not, I'd get a local stucco guy to do this fix. The inside repair will be a little more difficult. You probably have lath and plaster, which will require blue board and a base or 'scratch' plaster layer with a skim or 'putty' coat atop that, feathered into the existing plaster. Its the last part that requires some experience and skill, lest it look a bit tacky.

And yes, newspaper was the insulation of choice back in the teens

Best wishes

Bruce M

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