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1908 home
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Akiko    Posted 08-25-2002 at 12:46:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm thinking about buying a 1908 home, with plaster walls. Would it be wise to replace walls that have fallen apart with something else other than plaster. I wanted to see about putting in insulation. Any suggestions?

gilane    Posted 03-11-2003 at 16:46:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i live in a home built in the early 30s and my wall is all tounge and groove slats over it was 2 layers of wall paper. one paper was cloth backed. someone had put up cheap paneling over all that and we still almost froze.since we didn't know how to go about insulating it . we went over all of it with 3/4 inch sheetrock. it helped alot and i am happy with the results.
good luck.

Hogman    Posted 08-26-2002 at 04:36:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
They get more subtle ever day don't Ya know. Must have some sort of trainin programme set up.

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DeadCarp    Posted 08-25-2002 at 19:09:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leave a project for your kids instead - build a nice new one with strawbales dipped in concrete, roof it with metal, heat it with the smelly old-house boards and enjoy yourself this winter. :)

Akiko    Posted 08-25-2002 at 17:32:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank for all your replies. I think the plaster needs to go...

BOSS    Posted 08-25-2002 at 17:28:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe this is SPAM.

On one of the other bbs I frequent, this "Just Contractors" popped on and wrote something similar.

Why would they ask a detailed question and then give a link to someone that CAN answer the question ?????

I agree with you Boss...    Posted 08-26-2002 at 03:55:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Tom A -- yep, I feel so stupid!    Posted 08-26-2002 at 04:00:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Should have seen it coming....

Tom A    Posted 08-25-2002 at 15:29:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK, I'm the odd man out again, so I'll toss in the dissenting view, for what it is worth.

I've got an old house--built between 1880 and 1900 depending on who you listen to. Never lived in an old home before, but I love it.

The thick plaster walls insulate sound, heat, and cold like none of the modern houses I've ever lived in. You can't hear any noises from outside, there is almost no temperature fluctuation even when there are huge changes outside. It heats easy, and cools easy. Yep, took a little getting used to when hanging pictures and making repairs, but I wouldn't want to go back to sheetrock & cardboard for anything.

Do what you want, but I'd suggest you give the plaster a try before you go making big changes.

Tom A

Beth    Posted 09-05-2002 at 14:08:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a 1900 farm house and have done a little replacing with drywall and a little saving of the plaster. Saving it is better! Tearing out old plaster is the dirtiest, dustiest, messiest job in old house restoration. If your plaster keys are holding onto your lath just fill the cracks. Its a lot like taping drywall. Wall board was introduced because it is more convenient for the builder not because its better. If you can't fix your plaster its much neater to cover it with very thin drywall than to tear out and start over. As for hanging pictures. . .picture rail molding lets you rearrange with out ever making a single hole in your wall.

F14    Posted 08-25-2002 at 14:33:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless you are "restoring" the house or are in some way required to maintain historical accuracy, the best way to insulate is to tear all the plaster off, insulate, and replace the plaster with drywall, aka sheetrock or gypsum board. MUCH faster, cleaner, easier, gives a better surface to paint/wallpaper. Depending on the style of framing you find under the old plaster, you may have to put strapping up to have a suitable surface to screw the drywall to.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-25-2002 at 15:05:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
And if you go this route, strap with 2X2 and put in 1 1/2" SM board. A good plan is to use a 2X4 every 4' and that gives you more to get a drywall screw into where the sheets join.
Later Bob

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