Show us your project. forum: Plaster or drywall?

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Imagethreegardeners
Jul 27, 2011 4:55 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I live in an ooooold house (circa. 1845).
One of the bedrooms upstairs, mine actually, still has the old lathe and plaster stuff on it. You know the stuff? with the horse hair mixed in the plaster?

The cats got to playing with the horse hair blowing in the breeze from my fan and ended up taking down quite a chunk of plaster Glare

My question is this: should I re-plaster or rip it all down and drywall? Would I have to take out the lathe to drywall, thus the insulation behind it?
Imagepajonica
Jul 29, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Yep course I know the stuff! How good is the insulation against modern products, my guess is not very! Replace with modern insulation and dry wall would be my advice, can you do this yourself? I can advise should you wish to.
Jon, and many thanks for the question as these are the very problems we face every day!
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JuneBug
Jul 31, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
When I lived in Virginia, it was cheaper to blow insulation into the walls through holes and patch everything. (They blow the insulation in from the outside if your house isn't made of stone or brick. Ours had to be done from the inside.) The plaster is a whole lot stronger than dry wall and is pretty easy to work with. Here are some YouTube videos on how to patch holes or cracks. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query= plaster repair There are tons of videos on decorative plaster work, too☺ Good luck!
JuneBug
Sep 27, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Which way did you decide to fix the walls?
Imagethreegardeners
Sep 27, 2011 7:37 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I haven't yet. I don't want to rip down the old lathe, and get into insulation....still haven't found out if I can drywall over the lathe.
Imagepajonica
Sep 27, 2011 3:14 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
I can see no reason why you cant dry wall over lathe, provided the lathe is flat and level.
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JuneBug
Sep 27, 2011 11:30 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Yeah, you can drywall over all of it: plaster and lath. That is an easy way to get a smooth finish when you have a bad wall. You can even put a ¼" 'skin coat' of plaster over the drywall so that it looks original. If any of the plaster is the slightest bit loose, use screws and 'plaster washers' to hold it in place forever. Just try to get the screws to grip into the wood lathing. Good luck!
natineah
Jan 19, 2013 2:19 PM CST
Name: Natineah
OH
threegardeners wrote:I haven't yet. I don't want to rip down the old lathe, and get into insulation....still haven't found out if I can drywall over the lathe.


Although,I believe you can do the insulation,if you aren't sure then why don't you ask some advice from your neighborhood? I bet it will probably help!
Imagepajonica
Jan 19, 2013 9:46 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Drywall is not insulation, rather just interior surface for decor. If insulation is required then the lath would need to be removed and a modern glass fiber or rock wool should be applied to fill the gap. Dry wall or plaster board can then be refitted and a ! mm coat of finish plaster applied.
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