There is little that one may do to determine the quality of plastering in finished buildings. The use of decorative plaster work on ceilings may be considered as indicating a desire on the part of the builder to obtain a good job. The use of coved ceilings throughout should likewise be regarded as good practice, but the layman finds it almost impossible to determine the general character of plaster work in new buildings, and the cracking and settling of plaster is due as often to faulty construction of masonry, framing, etc., as to a poorly mixed or laid job of plastering.