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cantonstf 11-30-2012 03:48 PM

old wood lath for furr strips?
I'm working on my bathroom and need to get the durock furred out 1/4". I read here that someone said paint stir sticks would work. I have a lot of long old wood lath that I saved from the demo (1929 house). Can I reuse them? They seem to be in good shape.

funfool 11-30-2012 04:20 PM

Sure why not, is what they were made for in the first place.
If they are correct thickness I would use them.

joecaption 11-30-2012 04:20 PM

Should work fine.
I'd never use paint paddles. Who would have that many paint paddles laying around?
I would use wooden lattis though.

cantonstf 11-30-2012 04:29 PM it doesn't matter that the lath is 83 yrs old?
Love the idea of keeping "the family" together.

cantonstf 11-30-2012 04:39 PM

And should I nail or screw them in?

joecaption 11-30-2012 04:39 PM

As long as it's not rotten.
Only need a nail at the top and bottom to hold it in place. The tile board screws will hold it tight to the stud.

cantonstf 11-30-2012 04:48 PM

Thanks! Back to the work area:)

Gary in WA 11-30-2012 10:23 PM

Be sure to check the plane of the wall (flatness), as P&L studs were usually green at install (outdoor dried rather than kiln dried). They may vary be 3/8" which the plaster thickness compensated for to be smooth and uniform surface. Use a straightedge or level across the stud's fronts, shim as required. I tape the top/bottom of the lath to the stud as the first screw (in the c.b.) may split the dry, brittle lath and it falls to the side into the cavity. Don't ask...


cantonstf 11-30-2012 10:38 PM

Thanks everyone. I have them up... and after a little finessing, all is good:)

El stevo 01-13-2013 10:03 AM

Do you still have the lath? I'm looking for old lath (in the los angeles area) for a project I'm working on in my home.
Please contact me if you're looking to part with it.

cantonstf 01-13-2013 11:04 AM

Oh Steve, we threw all those extra away. Bummer! We had tons of it, too. Good luck with your hunt.

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