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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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  • What is the material on the underside? Can't tell from the picture if it is a heavy paper or wood slat.
    – diceless
    Jan 23, 2015 at 22:34
  • Its a brown paper..this piece was nailed to a stud
    – spike
    Jan 23, 2015 at 23:37

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Most likely lath and plaster.

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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.

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  • 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. Mar 1, 2016 at 21:03

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