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My home dates to the 1890s. It has clearly been through many renovations over the years before I owned it. The walls in my living room have defied all stud finders: normal ones find nothing, magnetic finders read the whole wall as a stud. Tonight I found this when removing a vent cover.

It looks like the wall is plaster over metal mesh. Can anyone give me any idea of when this construction was used? Is there anything special I need to know about? I'm just looking for information.

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  • You need to revise ask about an actual problem you're facing. Finding out a date isn't a home improvement issue, and "anything I need to know about" is far too broad for our Q&A format. – isherwood Sep 13 at 19:51
  • @isherwood perhaps the "real" question should be about the stud finders not working... – Solar Mike Sep 13 at 21:02
  • In my experience the modern deepscan models do fairly well (outside the corner mesh zones, anyway). – isherwood Sep 13 at 21:09
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    My moms house is made with expanded metal mesh and a cement mortar both inside and out it was built in the early 40’s . I have remodeled several homes that were built after the 1906 earthquake in Northern California so in that area this was not unusual (north Bay Area). – Ed Beal Sep 13 at 21:44
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Plasterers used metal corners with wire mesh some 30 or 40 years ago before the plastic cr*p became popular (possibly cheaper, no corrosion issues etc).

How many years metal mesh was employed for is a question that may not be so easy to answer...

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    What plastic are you referring to? Metal corner bead is still the standard, and mesh has been replaced by paper tape, mostly. – isherwood Sep 13 at 19:53
  • @isherwood perhaps your locality differs from mine... perhaps the professionals / contractors are different... – Solar Mike Sep 13 at 21:01

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