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Question DetailsAsked on 4/24/2017

I leave in apartment building my bathroom needs to be fixed the bathroom walls are stucco on them can they

the bathroom walls are stucco on them also one wall is pushed in I think I need on that side a new wall and can the stucco be sanded down to a smooth wall

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Truly stucco ? Which is sand (no coarse aggregate) concrete sprayed or troweled on - may be spiky with the sand or troweled fairly flat, but not what you would call smooth. Definitely HARD like concrete. Or do you mean knock-down plaster - which looks like spikeless stucco but is "soft" like drywall, giving a surface that looks like knockdown (blobs mostly troweled out but not blended smooth, so has a layered texture look almost like paper mache done with large swirls of paper ?

If truly stucco, GREAT effort needed to grind it down flat and recoat with a smooth finish coat, and generally not done - usually recoated if you want to change the texture. If the plaster equivalent (FARRR more common indoors) then can be scraped/sanded smooth or just overcoated with a mud coat troweled to whatever finish you want (generally smooth in bathrooms to minimize surface irregularities to promote mold growth).

Either can be demolished pretty easy - stucco obviously a bit more labor because of the mesh reinforcing and heavier, and does not break into neat slabs so nice - hasto becracked into pieces and then the mesh cut.

When you say one wall is pushed in, sounds like at least the inside needs to be initially stripped down to see if the wall is rotting out, got wet in construction (or after) and bowed, was hit by a car, or what - and yes. Considering that needs to be done, if this is a complete bathroom remodel I would say the cheapest is likely to be overcoating the other walls smooth - or maybe just gutting the bathroom (especially if moving things around a lot) and refinishing from scratch. For a bathroom sized area, you could not afford to do much messing around with resurfacing before the cost would equal the roughly $5-7/SF likely cost to remove and replace the wall covering.

Course, if you rent this is probably the landlord's responsibility - if you won or have a zero net lease then probably out of your pocket, but landlord/building management is probably going to have to approve whatever you do anyway.

Contractor - stucco or plaster contractor for the wall alone, or for the entire remodel a Remodel - Kitchen and Bath (your Search the List category) contractor.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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