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accepted How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
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comment How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
I see. We're still in the stage of "oh no do we really need to gut this or not?" planning :) I like the cross-section idea. I'm trying to get a sense of how viable the stucco subsurface will be if we did want to try to strip/scrape and repaint. My big worry is if the cracks go through that stuff or not - they don't seem to in most places, but then there's photo #1.
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comment How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
Would that stuff still feel hollow, like modern drywall mounted on studs? This feels really solid, like stone.
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comment How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
So if I follow you, you think the gray surface is something applied on top of existing plaster lath? The age of the house, I should mention, is 1925, and the literature I've found seems to suggest rock lath plaster was not widely being used back then. But then, this is the attic, which most likely wasn't finished until later. I was wondering if the pipe area was water damage - yes it's the roof on the other side.
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comment How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
Thanks @BMitch - given the number I was hesitant to inline them, but I agree this is better.
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comment How can I tell if I have rock or wood lath plaster, and is there a difference when repairing cracks and peeling/flaking?
@TheEvilGreebo - Consider it done. :)
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Added update with links to photos and descriptions
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