any plasterers here, advice on a repair

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  1. njdbaxter

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    its a Repair to hole in plasterboard in upstairs Bay window and cracks in plaster.

    Upstairs Bay window is one what comes out from the front of the house, Window only at the front, not sides. Outer sides are PVC/PLASTIC. Hole is near top of window where the wall meets the window frame, then a crack in the plaster beneath the hole down the wall, close to window frame

    is these an easy job, could I do it myself or need someone good. see picture.

    other side of the plastered wall is the plastic/pvc frame of the bay window.

    Do any plasters know if this would be a hard repair and what the cost would likely be?

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    I'm no plasterer by trade but any time I've come up against a tough one I've just found over-boarding is the 'easier route'

    I can't seem to load your picture so over-boarding may not be possible.
     
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    no one else
     
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    silicone sealant around the window frame and I would use poly-filler in the cracks building up layer by layer on the larger ones the sand down the excess.
     
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    i'd do this too. you don't need a plasterer for this job.
     
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    That will fill the hole but I would be asking why it's there? Could simply be the window frame fixings have come loose and window is coming away just push the top of the frame and see if it's loose but may also be due to subsidence. Are there any cracks outside in the mortar or brickwork?

    It's an easy repair though if it's nothing sinister but investigate further.
     
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    No cracks in mortar or brickwork outside. No subsidence

    Little give when you push at the window frame. Probably 1-2mm, kinda see the cracked plaster line move slightly, just really at that side, but still seems secure. Wouldnt know how these Windows are fixed to the plastic/pvc outer frame.

    Would it be better getting a plastered to do it?
     
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    Oh and Steve. Think I know how it happened.

    Just changed the blind. Old blind rail was tight to both sides and rail was in line with the hole. Looks like it might have been made by previous owner knocking against it, crack prob resulted from the hole
     
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    Not easy to say, but is there a slight leak in the corner of the window unit? Even a dribble over time is going to make plasterboard damp and then it just gives up.
    Seems pretty cosmetic really. I wouldn't go to too much trouble. Don't overdo it with polyfilla as it sets hard as nails and you will have the devil's own job getting it flat!
     
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    No leak, just the welding joints, if that's the correct saying, of the pvc window aren't that pretty, maybe due to last owner tapeing blind material around the top triangle shaped window and the selotape and sticky Velcro strips residue attracting dirt.

    Previous owner had tenants who put tape around every window in house to save heating costs, no joke. That's the only window Haven't tackled yet, getting tape residue off is a nightmare
     
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    That's good then - just looked like a little staining right in the corner. Might be condensation running down of course. If you have to use a bit of welly to open the window, it might account for the movement cracks. I'd say that's all they are. Fill them and expect to have to do it on a regular basis if you want it to look top notch. Or ignore it until you have to do something (selling or the wife on your back :)).
     

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