I've fixed leaks above my plaster-and-lath-and-chicken-wire ceiling, and now I need to fix the cieling below it.
The cieling is a sandwich of wood lath on top, then 1/4" of solid plaster, then chicken wire, then more plaster. The latter plaster layer is peeling off in sheets because it's not a solid layer like the uppoer one, but instead it's layered with several coats. The lath is in good shape and not rotted.
I'm not sure I'm ready for the amount of work required to replace the entire cieling with drywall (or to cover the cieling with drywall). Ideally I could just patch the bad area of the cieling, which is about 3 feet square.
What's the recommended way to do such a large patch to a plaster cieling? Should I leave the chicken wire and put 1/4" drywall on top of it? Or remove all plaster? Any other suggestions?