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Historic Architecture Meetup Message Board › Plaster and wood lath walls

Plaster and wood lath walls

Mark R. O.
Cleveland, OH
Post #: 53
I mostly deal with older homes; homes constructed with
wood lath and plaster. I've been on something of a
campaign educating home owners, that if they are going
to remodel their home and that will involve the replacement
of the lath and plaster with drywall. It is important to make
sure the skeletal wall system is well braced; as the wood
lath and plaster add considerable lateral strength.
Occasionally a house of that era will not have any bracing;
relying on the lath, plaster and siding.

Without adding bracing to the wall system and just
covering the studs with drywall, the house will rack.

It has amazed me that this is something that housing
inspectors and contractors don't seem to understand,
at least here in N.E. Ohio.

M. Orel
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