Yeah, Cafe. Because there are several things on the menu... several tips from my tyromaniac's bag o' tricks.
First thing, I apologize for the long lapse in updating BrookynRowHouse. Fact is, there hasn't been build-y things to talk about around here. The house is just about done, and "just about" is the same as "done" in a DIYer's vocabulary. So I don't promise to be more active here and I accept the fact that my Google ranking has dropped like a pigeon dipped in plaster from its #1 position five years ago under "Brooklyn Home Renovation" to, hell, I don't even know where it is now. Probably where they hide dead bodies
Anyway, a friend asked me a couple of years ago to write an article on fixing holes in walls. He had recently installed central air and wanted to cover the holes where the in-wall air conditioners used to be. IIRC, he had plaster-over-wood-lathe walls like me. If you've read my blog you know that I prefer the look and sound control attributes of plaster better than drywall. In a nutshell, I use drywall for new construction but I always repair existing plaster walls.
Coincidentally, an air conditioning installation is why I have to repair these holes too. I had an 18,000 BTU split-unit air conditioner head installed in my living room and the installers had to open up some 10" holes in the wall to pull the copper, control line and drain. I also replaced my absolute CRAP Fujitsu split unit system with a new Mitsubishi. Warning: if you have a Fujitsu spilt unit system, the company doesn't stock parts for old products. Mine was only 12 years old when one of the compressors croaked yet Fujitsu America told me it couldn't help me. A local Russian A/C tech found a compressor for me in a shop in Moscow and it cost me nearly a thousand bucks! But I'll end this rant for now.
The Mitsubish installer is Russian as well and gave me a great price for this three-head system. He also did a very clean job. The last guys took sledge hammers to the walls, which loosened the old plaster all over both sides of the wall. These guys used an oscillating saw which makes very clean cuts, as you can see from the photos. I'm happy to give them a recommendaton: EDITA MC CORP, Heating and Cooling, 646-719-4559. NYC only though.