or "plaster and lath" is an old fashioned technique for finishing interior walls. It consists of horizontal strips of wood (the laths) nailed to the stud work and then that is plastered.

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Am I having trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

I picked a TV mount from Ikea. The TV itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. It'...
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How to fix cracks in lath and plaster?

I have an old house with lath and plaster walls. When I moved in a year ago I fixed dozens of cracks in the plaster with spackling, but many of them have opened back up again. What is the best way ...
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What distance should I see between studs in a wood frame home built in 1943?

My house was built in 1943. It is a wood frame house and the interior walls are lath and plaster. My goal is to find the studs so I can mount a TV bracket for a flat screen TV. I have read that the ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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What is the best way to remove a non load bearing wall?

I have a wall that I want to knock out as part of a kitchen remodel. The wall is non load bearing, so its fine to take out. The question is, what's the best way to do it? I imagine there's not a ...
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How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?

We moved into an old house, and one room still has the original 1890 horsehair lathed plaster all over. On the walls it's the consistency of sawdust held in place by a layer of paint. On the ceiling ...
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How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?

My wife and I are repainting our attic and aren't sure how best to proceed with fixing the wall cracks. We have several different kinds of problems: long parallel cracks set a couple feet apart, and ...
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How can I refinish an interior chimney pipe to make it appear rounded?

Right now my interior chimney pipe is hidden behind a wall and I want to remove that wall and expose the pipe, but the pipe itself is not so pretty. My fireplace is a wood fireplace with a double ...
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How do I install a receptacle box in lath/plaster wall?

I have a room with ungrounded electrical receptacles and I need to install a grounded outlet. The walls are lath and plaster. What I want to do is install a new receptacle box for the outlet. Is there ...
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What's behind the hard plaster walls?

Most of the walls in the old part of my house are plaster. Hard, nasty, amazingly solid plaster. While this is nice in some areas, there's others that it's rather annoying -- such as on the stairs (...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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What material might be behind my old bathroom tile? [closed]

I am considering removing the tile in my bathroom. The house was built in 1948, and I am concerned of what I might find behind the tile. Can anyone tell me how they attached the tile back in those ...
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Repairing small damage to outside corners. Plaster walls.

I'm thinking of using bondo. Is there a less-complex way to do it. I'm concerned that regular plaster material will fall off.
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Remodeling a pre-1920's home with planks on the interior walls

I own an older home in central PA; my guess it is pre-1920's and I was going to remodel the living room and insulate the walls and run new wiring. The walls are horse hair plaster; when I removed the ...
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How do I patch a 3'x3' hole in a ceiling made up of plaster, lath, and metal mesh?

I've fixed leaks above my plaster-and-lath-and-chicken-wire ceiling, and now I need to fix the ceiling below it. The ceiling is a sandwich of wood lath on top, then 1/4" of solid plaster, then ...
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What is up with this wall, and what is the right way to hang something on it?

I just moved in to a new apartment, in a very old house. The landlord mentioned that it is over 100 years old. The walls are plaster, which means (to the best of my knowledge) that there is lath ...
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Are old work electrical boxes acceptable for roughing in?

My landlord is repairing a room in our home. He ripped out all the plaster and left just the lath boards. HE has "roughed in" using old-work drywall boxes. I don't know if he plans on screwing them ...
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Do I have studs on my plaster and lath wall around/above fireplace?

my home was built in 1892. The fireplace was a coal burner that has since been replaced by a propane fireplace insert. I want to mount a TV above the fireplace but am uncertain as to what is behind ...
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How do I treat crumbling lath and plaster in my bathroom?

I have lath and plaster in my bathroom. The west wall in the bathroom keeps crumbling into a powdery substance. My dad has fixed it a number of times but it keeps reappearing. The powdery area is ...
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Tools necessary for an efficient demo

Due to some water damage sustained last February caused by an ice dam induced roof leak, I have to remove and replace the 100 year old plaster in my dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. That, combined ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Picture a plaster wall. Now imagine that a significant section has been removed of it and now needs replaced. Ive tried to replace the plaster with 1/2 inch only to realize the wodth difference im ...
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Unable to screw through plaster and lath wall

I am trying screw in a 2 1/2" screw into a wall that I'm pretty sure is plaster and lath. But when the screw is about 1 1/2" deep of drilling, it doesn't go in anymore no matter how much force I put ...
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How can I attach a curtain rail to a lath and plaster wall?

I need to attach a curtain pole (for a heavy curtain) above a window. To be consistent with another window in the same room, I'll need to affix a 4-inch wide strip of wood to the wall, and attach the ...
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Plaster Wall Ice Damming Water Damage

A couple weeks ago ice damming in my gutters caused a lot of damage to my plaster wall inside my house. I got an estimate of around $2500 to fix the issue so I'm going to attempt it myself. Here ...
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How can I build shower niches into an old plaster and lath wall?

I'm in the middle of remodeling my bathroom, and am about to tackle putting up the shower walls. My house was built in the 1930s, and thus most of the walls are lath slathered with mortar that holds ...
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Attach partition wall to lath and plaster wall

I am looking to add a small closet (2×4 ft) in the corner of a room with lath and plaster walls. I would like to frame in two sides and attach it to the existing wall. Do I have to limit myself to the ...
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Importance of plaster repair skills/experience

I have an old 1920's house in the Chicago area with many lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings. We are going to be removing a whole-house fan, which will leave a 3' square opening that will need to be ...
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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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How to fix a stripped hole in a plaster wall?

I hired a "professional" painting crew to paint the stairs area, where the crew installed new brackets for the handrail. Unfortunately I did not supervise the work myself. I recently noticed that I ...
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Do I have to staple romex to the studs behind the wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I really have to fasten interior-wall electrical wire to a stud to keep it from moving? I have some plaster walls in my house and I am attempting to add an outlet to one ...
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

I'm currently in the process of restoring my 1906 home's bathroom. At some point in the last 10-15 years the bathroom was given a cheap remodel. New plumbing and outlets were run and drywall was hung ...
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How can I tell if there is brick behind plaster on a fireplace?

We have a 1952 home with a fireplace in it (original to home). There is brick around the opening of the fireplace, then a wooden frame and then plaster about 8" past the wood frame and back about 8" ...
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All new Plaster needed for unmodernised Victorian Terrace?

I've seen and am tempted to put an offer on a (mostly) unmodernised Victorian terraced house in London, UK. The interior walls are a bit of a state.. layers of paint and wallpaper, and where the ...
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Can I mount a 60" TV and mount weighing a combined 95 pounds to a drywall or plaster? [duplicate]

I cannot find studs on my firewall but, when I drilled a hole on the wall, it seems to me that either the plaster or drywall was thick enough (like 1/2"). Can I Mount a 60" TV and Mount Weighing a ...
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How should I go about insulating a 1920's stucco house in LA?

I own a two story, 3200 Sq ft house in Los Angeles. The exterior is stucco and the walls are lathe and plaster. A year ago we had some water damage after a rain storm. When the contractor demo'd ...
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What to do about a damaged stipple ceiling?

We have a stipple ceiling in our master bedroom, it appears to be lining paper over lathe & plaster with stipple/textured paint over that. We are concerned that it may have asbestos in it (we are ...
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What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?

What is the purpose of this thin metal wire? It attaches to a nailhead on the other stud, which is securing an electrical box. Is this a grounding wire or something else?
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Repair damaged plaster behind door trim

I have begun pulling off the original trim in my 1920s townhouse. The plan is to strip away the 100 years of paint to reveal some of the detail. The plaster behind the trim is in pretty bad shape. Do ...
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How to take down a lath and plaster ceiling

I have a lath and plaster ceiling to remove, but it is quite large, and my first attempts have created masses of dust. Is there some way to take it down easily? (For example, would lifting the ...
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UK Cable pulling advice for plaster and lath walls

I am about to move into a new (to me) flat. It is 1920s built, upper floor. One of the first jobs (We will be re skimming walls/moving sockets/changing heating system etc) will be to run some ...
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How do you remove lath covered by interior wall framing?

I am in the process of remodeling a bedroom in my house. The room originally had lath and plaster walls, but the plaster was in pretty bad shape, so I decided to strip everything to the studs, ...
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Crumbling plaster in 1927 bathroom

We are (attempting) to restore a home built in 1927. Our bathroom walls are crumbling! There is no tile around the tubs and showers. It goes straight from the tub to plaster. When it was installed it ...
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What should I use to patch curved surfaces over horse hair plastered lath?

The hallway running into my condo is unsightly. However, the association is saving for some structural work, and thus the hallway aesthetics have been put on the back burner. Typically I'd run out ...