Plaster mouldings restored

water damaged moulding Section is removed to make a template.
Badly water damaged moulding had been patched numerous times. Section is removed to make a template.
the section off in two piece Rebuilding DC
We got the section off in two pieces. I got an aluminum sign to make templates out of from the scrap metal yard on Kenilworth Avenue. Somehow, Rebuilding DC seemed appropriate for this project. 
Metal is filed I made the metal in 3 piece
Metal is filed and fitted by filing a little at a time. I made the metal in 3 pieces and screwed it to a wood back up. It took me 12 hours to make this template.
Mouldings and sagging area of ceiling torn out Ceiling is filled with metal lath and moulding plaster and lime
Mouldings and sagging area of ceiling torn out. Ceiling is filled with metal lath and moulding plaster and lime. Carlos straightens ceiling with a rod. The ceiling must be dead straight at the moulding for all this to work.
Template is screwed to a bottom piece, or a sled, and a brace is attached moulding is filled
Template is screwed to a bottom piece, or a sled, and a brace is attached. After putting up metal lath, moulding is filled a little at a time and run with the template.
Straight lumber is screwed to the wall for the sled to ride on.
moulding detail. gap between the mouldings is filled
A close up showing the moulding detail. The gap between the mouldings is filled and tooled. Here, a special tool is used to fill the round members.
The inside corners, or miters, are tooled in with rods called mitering rods The inside corners, or miters, are tooled in with rods called mitering rods.

The miters take a long time and will have their own review next update. Please check back.