Most of us who work on old houses have a love-hate relationship with plaster. We love it for its rock-solid character, but we hate it when we have to patch a crack, rip out water damage, or simply cut a hole in it.

I have never mastered the art of mixing traditional plaster and making it stick to a wall — much less a ceiling — but I have figured out how to fashion seamless patches using drywall products.

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