Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-01-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 155
Share |
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


I have a 1940s house and the walls are all plaster. Underneath the plaster finish, there is a rock mixture and then there is some kind of board which looks a lot like modern drywall. It's about 1/4" thick and in approx 2' x 4' sheets. Other houses in the neighborhood have the old time wood lathe under the plaster. What kind of board do I have? Anyone know?

jayp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 7,345
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


It was the transition between wood lath and drywall. It was called rock lath and most that I have seen was 16"x4' sheets. It replaced the wood part of the wood lath and plaster walls. It went up much faster than nailing all the small wood strips.

joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
Mold!! Let's kill it!
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,830
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


What you have is "rock lath". That was the name for sheet material that was applied to walls and was then plastered over. A lot of 1940s-50s-60s buildings used it before drywall became popular. Rock lath was originally a brand name for plaster board. It is normally 16"x48"x3/8", but there were other variations. Rock lath eliminated the base scratch coat that got applied to wood lath.
Maintenance 6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 9,968
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


Interesting reading: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/briefs/brief21.htm Be safe, GBR
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 7,345
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


And to correct common mistake it is lath not lathe. Lathe is a tool for make things round.

A wood lathe.



Wood lath

joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 07:01 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 155
Default

old drywall/plaster lathe...what is it?


Thanks guys -- you're exactly right. It was 16"x4'. I'll tell ya --- that plaster & rock lath is saving me a little money on heating and AC since there is no insulation behind it! Just a little money though -- better than plain drywall.

jayp is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lathe metal roofing? Stan ETenn Roofing/Siding 19 06-18-2013 06:48 PM
Just bough an old lathe - need some help wombosi Tools 17 03-12-2009 09:08 PM
Plaster and Lathe walls- covering with drywall Jrr1099 Building & Construction 4 03-24-2008 02:20 PM
Plaster walls and Lathe Keith in Connecticut Remodeling 5 01-03-2008 07:36 PM
replacing lathe and plaster eager2lern Building & Construction 2 12-04-2006 12:52 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.