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Old 01-07-2012, 09:13 AM   #16
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Nobody asked, why?
You are going to ruin the value of your'e home.
Just wondering why it would ruin the value of the home?

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #17
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Just wondering why it would ruin the value of the home?
Well, it is my opinion( and mine only) that a home with original plaster is much more valuable that cheap drywall. As stated, electrical and insulation can be added without tearing down the plaster.
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Well, it is my opinion( and mine only) that a home with original plaster is much more valuable that cheap drywall. As stated, electrical and insulation can be added without tearing down the plaster.
Only problem is it would cost you more for an electrician to run wires in the wall if it were not open, also to blow insulation in the walls would be your only way to insulate and that is the worst way to insulate as it sags over time and looses it's R value capability. So take the walls down install smooth flat drywall and update your insulation vapour barrier and drywall. Best investment you could make, will also cut down on your heating bills in the future.
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What's your budget for this?

How much are you willing/able to spend on replacing the plaster with drywall? Are you hiring someone to hang the new stuff--have you gotten a quote for it? If you're DIY'ing hanging the stuff, have you figured the cost for buying drywall, tape, mud, tools, etc? Do you have enough time/energy for it?

When the walls are open that is your chance to do all this extra work you're thinking of...
--> Are you hiring an electrician? Have you gotten quotes?

--> What type of insulation are you going to put in? batts? foam? cellulose? Are you DIY'ing or hiring?

--> Don't forget to factor in the time/effort/materials to replace trim around doors/windows that may be required--the drywall will be much thinner then the plaster & lathe so you may need to tweak some things, particularly up near the ceiling (consider crown molding if you don't already have it--it will hide a lot of sin)

--> Any plumbing behind these walls? Something I ran into while replacing the plaster in my kitchen and bath is that the vent pipes for both my kitchen sink and the toilet both extended beyond the face of the studs--it was no big deal for the plaster guys when the house was built, but once you're putting up sheets of drywall you'll have a huge hump (might even break the sheet)... I had to shim the face of all the studs with 1/4" luan. Speaking of plumbing--this would be the time to update if you needed it, have you budgeted for it if needed?

--> Don't forget the cost for paint and any required materials for that... I was really surprised at the cost for primers and paint.

The only good thing about a job like this is that if you're DIY'ing it you can do it one room at a time.

Good luck!

P.S., as a buyer I much prefer plaster over drywall in an older home. If you're dead-set on replacement you might want to consider "blueboard" with a plaster skim coat, that's what I did and the walls still feel nice and solid.
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Firm solid and valuable are not words that I'd use to describe the horsehair plaster on wood lath that I've seen. Soft, crumbly and almost impossible to repair would fit.
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Firm solid and valuable are not words that I'd use to describe the horsehair plaster on wood lath that I've seen. Soft, crumbly and almost impossible to repair would fit.
Our last rental was build in 1885, had plaster walls, they were great at keeping down noise and felt very solid. Looking at houses most of the ones we were seeking out were from mid/late 1800s and they were all plaster as well.

We settled on a house built in 1949, it uses rock board with plaster, it's nearly an inch thick with three layers (the board, the rough coat and the finish coat)... feels as solid as old plaster, but so far doesn't crack/crumble when you try to cut it with a keyhole saw...
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My wife and I just bought an old turn of the century home that also has plaster walls. The house is in front of a rather busy street, and we can barely hear anything in the home. Well I am not a master do yourself person, I really do appreciate the old style craftsmanship. That being said, I would only replace the walls if I absolutely had to. Our house has in conduit wiring, which is not the best according to today standards. While I would certainly enjoy having the entire house rewired I cannot see cutting into these walls for the sake of adding new wiring. You mentioned that your house was drafty but have you tried to investigate where the drafts are coming from? I am very new to the do it yourself forms, and I am also new to old home ownership, however it seems reasonable to recommend that you start small and work your way up to these larger projects in terms of investigating why your house is so drafty. It is entirely feasible, without investigating, that you would do all this work and still have some type of draft in the house.
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You mentioned that your house was drafty but have you tried to investigate where the drafts are coming from?
GBW mentioned blown in cellulose, and Satrean was mentioning drafts...

One the selling points from the installers who blew cellulose into my walls is that it helps to reduce air movement in the wall cavity, i.e. drafts.

My house wasn't drafty before, or at least, not anywhere except at the windows... I can't say that it has really changed much in my house... I guess fuel usage down, but even that is tough to say for sure.
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chrisn, I'm unsure of your question. The main reason I want to is because there is no insulation in the walls and the electrical outlets are at foot level compared to knee level. Unless you have a suggestion I'm am more then willing to listen to others
If the plaster is crumbling off the walls then by all means replace it. If not then I would get estimates on rewire and insulation. Or start thinking about what work would go into rewiring and insulation. I can tell you I have rewired my home and insulated my home. I have hung drywall and torn out walls and built new ones. The thought of gutting all my walls to insulate and wire seems absolutely insane to me. I know I once thought it would be more work to wire and insulate than it would be to hang drywall but a few hundred projects later I can tell you it isnt. I have had to run wire up from a crawl space, a basement, down from an attic, drilled holes that went places they weren't supposed to, had to cut upen walls under windows to run new wires to outlets that had no access from either direction (crawl space with no access path and flat roof). In the end, cutting open the one wall to run 6' of wire was the most time consuming and messiest. The rest of the wiring in my house was just cutting out old boxes with my reciprocating saw, tearing up edges around the boxes pulling the old ones out, little cutting to make new remodel boxes fit, little mud, little sand... wham, bang, boom and a hows your father then a quick vac to clean up the mess and a damp paper towel for the stuck on dust.

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