enter image description hereI own a home that was built in 1959. I am getting ready to start a full remodel on the kitchen. I plan on widening the door way..etc... I cut out a small test area of the wall,and the material was 1" thick. I am almost positive it is not drywall. Any idea what material it might be?

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    do you have a picture? – DMoore Jan 22 '15 at 20:08
  • yes I have a picture – spike Jan 22 '15 at 20:17
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    can you put the link in your question? – DMoore Jan 22 '15 at 21:20
  • do you have an e-mail I can send it to? – spike Jan 22 '15 at 23:42
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    Welcome to the site, spike! To add a picture, just click "edit" below your post, and find the icon that looks like a picture. This will let you upload images to the question. If you don't have enough rep to do this, you can always upload it to an image hosting site like imgur.com and link to it using the icon that looks like a chain. – Doresoom Jan 23 '15 at 15:09

Most likely lath and plaster.


All the homes built after the war were either plaster and lath or gypsum plaster boards. They were like 48 x 16 and were applied like drywall boards then skim coated over the top. Be careful though: sometimes the compound contained asbestos.

  • Sometimes (as in our 1948 house), the skim coat is multilayered. We've got gypsum plaster boards + about 1 inch of a coarse cement-like substance + skim coat of finish plaster. The middle cement-like layer also has a ton of what looks like horse hair in it. The OP's wall reminds me of ours. – Travelling Man Mar 1 '16 at 21:03

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