If the laths are intact
  STEP 1
Paint the laths with a solution of PVA sealing agent to make the surface less absorbent.
STEP 2
Fill the hole with layers of plaster in the same way as patching damaged plaster. Apply a base coat, allow it to set and then apply a finishing coat.


If the laths are broken
Either patch the laths or – if the hole is not more than about 75mm across – plug the gap before you fill it with plaster.
  STEP 1
To patch the laths, use a piece of expanded metal mesh, cut to the size you need with tin snips. Wrap it round the laths to bridge the gap between broken edges.
  STEP 2
Paint the laths with PVA as before (left), and apply several base and finishing coats.
 

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