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Old 08-17-2011, 08:26 PM  
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Plaster walls in bathroom. What am I looking at?


Back again. I started taking off the wall paneling in my bathroom and this is what I discover (see pictures):

-Plaster / lathe
-apparently a former window hole that has some sort of insulation stuffed in it and covered.

These are exterior walls. In this particular section, there is no electrical (I assume). Behind the lathe, there appears to be some sort of wood. My intent is to do a complete gut, electrical work, exhaust fan put in, drywall and finish. This is a 111 year old house in Michigan. What am I looking at here? How should I proceed?
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:34 PM  
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You are looking at a mess.

Looks like 1970s paneling over bad plaster and what ever junk was lying around.

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Just what I thought but thanks for the replay. I did a bit more poking and prodding and it turns out that the walls are empty behind the lathe. The old bag of insulation in those pictures is R-7, 2-1/4" according to the bag lettering; I have no idea what type of insulation. At any rate, nails (and air) have gone through it so it's gotta go.
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removing old window frame?


The old window was cut into one of the wall studs. Should I removing the framing and insert a new stud section or leave the wood where it is?
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