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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 13 3:57 pm    Post subject: Any use for stale plaster?  Reply with quote    

I may have asked this before as it seems to keep coming up, but I've got half a bag of plaster that has been sitting around for too long to be useful.
I'm tempted to throw it on the walls in the basement since they are so rough that anything would improve it, but it's finishing plaster, so I think that would not work well.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 13 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You have asked this before.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 13 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
You have asked this before.

Ah yes... and the answer was "no" which is why I did not remember it.
The search engine seems to have a habit of not working, so I have a habit of not using it...

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 13 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Old plaster was often used for filling big cracks or filling in after chasing out for pipes ,wiring etc,mix 3 to 1 with sand.

cassandra



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 13 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have used it as a fill between paving stones (crazy paving) when buying builders sand sounded too expensive... Keeps the weeds down too due to the high lime content.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 13 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cassandra wrote:
Keeps the weeds down too due to the high lime content.

Is it any use for improving acid soils?

cassandra



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 13 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Couldn't say for sure, not knowing the chemical side of things, but in moderation it wouldn't hurt.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 13 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It may do, but I would go easy in case some of it is still active. Don't apply where plants are present as if any reacts, it will burn them. We buried a lot of old plaster (about 100 years old) under some borders in our first house. We managed to grow azaleas on top by feeding them with tea leaves, so I don't think that was very alkaline.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 13 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cassandra wrote:
Couldn't say for sure, not knowing the chemical side of things, but in moderation it wouldn't hurt.

I could be really drastic and get scientific about it: do a soil analysis before and after measured quantities of plaster...

onemanband



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 13 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I couldn't comment on pros/cons of putting it in your soil, but a few thoughts..

Gypsum waste is now banned from landfill because it gives off hydrogen sulphide when mixed with biodegradable waste.

Page 3 section 2 tells you whats in it ......
http://www.refina.co.uk/webpdfs/Info_docs/British_Gypsum_info_multifinish_plaster.pdf

Personally I'd loose it in a load of hardcore that I was tipping or loose it among hardcore for a base.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 13 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That does sound a better idea.

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