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Keith in Connecticut 08-23-2007 10:00 AM

How strong is plaster & lathe
I'm hanging a small cabinet on the bathroom wall. The house was built in 1952 and has plaster walls. Do I have to find the studs, or is the lathe strong enough to support a small cabinet?

Oldhouseowner 08-23-2007 12:56 PM

Hi there,

It depends on the cabinet. Weight, size etc. I normally try and find studs for at least one of the screws. The other one I use toggle bolts. So far it all still hangs on the wall.:thumbup:

Don't bother using a studfinder as they don't work for lath and plaster. I use the high tech solution - measuring and tapping on the wall in different spots and listening for differences in sound.

Good luck.

slickshift 08-23-2007 01:06 PM

Don't trust the lathe
It might hold, it might not
Find a stud...use the tap method

Keith in Connecticut 08-23-2007 04:01 PM

Thanks for the tips. I really appreciate it.

skymaster 08-23-2007 04:26 PM

Keith, Oldhouse: check the baseboard, no I am not that crazy weeeeeeellll maybe:laughing: Seriously folks, ur baseboard will be nailed into the studs.

Oldhouseowner 08-23-2007 11:31 PM

I actuallt found the baseboard thing out the hard way. Layed Parquet flooring 2 days after we moved in, put the baseboards back afterwards and tried to hit a nail in between studs - bouncy bouncy. A 2 x 2 feet area of plaster rumbled down. Bummer!

I appreciate what you guys are saying and again i would go into studs whenever possible. But sometimes there is just that one cabinet the wife wants somewhere and no second stud anywhere near there (Apart from me of course).:)

Cole 08-24-2007 10:46 AM

I agree, do not trust the lathe.

Find the studs and attach the cabinet to them.

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