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Can I plaster over metal lath without a backing material?

Yes you can; however, I would recommend at least stapling craft paper/tar paper across the stud bay behind the lath to minimize loss of plaster through the mesh. Make sure the lath is stretched tight.
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Can I plaster over metal lath without a backing material?

Yes, you can apply plaster to metal lath without backing. That's exactly what you do for interior plaster and metal lath. Type in "how to install interior metal lath and plaster" into google ...
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Mounting a pull up bar that doesn't align with studs

Don't Based on your comments so far the wall was designed and built as a divider for a closet with sideways-mounted studs. You should not mount a chin up bar to this wall. It's strong enough to ...
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Cut plaster hole, without hole saw, options?

Your best option is a jab saw and a steady hand. If your question is how to do it while spending no money the answer is substituting the saw blade in a multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife. Failing that, ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

You could taper the sections together with joint compound (though you wouldn't sand it into shape--that would be ludicrously laborious). However, you'd probably still see the transition at the floor ...
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

The closeup looks like cement based backer board used to hold tile in wet/damp locations. If so, that is not original. It would be very hard to restore to lathe/plaster throughout, especially if ...
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How can I effectively replace sections of 7/8" plaster with drywall?

Shim out the framing to get the drywall flush. I've often used 5/8" drywall with no shims, depending on the plaster thickness and patch configuration, but otherwise shim it. 1/8" hardboard is cheap ...
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

Since this got ZERO love, and I have finished the job, figured I would post what I did. Simply bought some wire mesh from the local home goods store, and screwed it directly into the wood lathe ...
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What is the best way to fix broken OLD plaster in a very old house?

tear it all down, replace with regular sheetrock / drwywall.
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Is this wall plaster or drywall, or some other material?

Hard to tell from the pictures, but it could be rock lath plaster. It ends up looking like someone put coarse plaster over a gypsum board then finished with fine plaster, which is basically what it is....
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Can I use hollow wall anchors in a lath and plaster wall?

There are two factors: Your level of care, and dumb luck. If the plaster hasn't proven to be particularly crumbly in your home, I'd go ahead and use that type of anchor, or this one: Some tips: ...
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During what construction era was plaster installed over metal lath?

The area I live and work in saw quite a bit of expansion and development in the period between 1920 and 1960. I see plaster over expanded metal quite a bit in older buildings, and it does present ...
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Proper way to mount TV on wall that might be lath-and-plaster?

The wood that's visible around the edge of that opening is plywood. I would suggest opening up several other boxes throughout the apartment (or at least along that wall) to see if they're all like ...
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How to keep Structolite from cracking as it dries

The Structolite is drying out too fast, because the bare brick is wicking out all of the moisture. You need to use a bonding agent and possibly add some sand to your base coat, as well as scarify it, ...
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How should I fill channels left in old plaster after dado rail removal?

I don't understand option 2, but option 1 is exactly what I'd do. A few suggestions: Be sure that the thickness of your drywall brings it to flush or slightly below. Do not install patches that ...
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How should I fill channels left in old plaster after dado rail removal?

As already mentioned, I would use a piece of Sheetrock to fill in. I would add a couple of points: You'll want to use mesh tape on this. Plaster is portland cement based, meaning it likes to absorb ...
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What's the best way to hang frames and shelves on plaster walls?

I live in an old house too. I'll assume yours, like mine, has some history to it and has been renovated and altered over the decades. You can't do DIY in an old house the way you can in a new one. ...
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Do 1920s homes with lath-and-plaster walls have lath-and-plaster ceilings?

I doubt anyone can say better than 'probably'. Mine do, except the ones that have been re-done over the years - roof/rain fail :\ - which are now plasterboard & skim. Good old moulded coving isn't ...
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Asbestos in plaster walls

You tested the plaster, negative. You tore out plaster on a wall. You did not tear out vinyl flooring or get into the vermiculite. Asbestos, in place, left alone, is not an issue. You left your [...
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Mounting a pull up bar that doesn't align with studs

Yes your plan to bridge across the missing studs is sound. to protect the glass install a door stopper on the angle bracket and another on the floor.
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Cut hole for light switch into lath & plaster. How to stabilize loose lath?

Use a chisel or nibbler or other such too to break off the plaster to the size you want, bit by bit, then use an oscillating tool to cut off the exposed lath.
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Re-painting 1903 Lath and Plaster Walls: Advice on next steps

You are going about it right. Perhaps clean the walls before the repairs, instead of after filling holes and such. THe drywall mud used does not like getting wet. The skim coat over the walls may not ...
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No frills repair of a Lath & Plaster hole?

If the depth of the plaster is sufficient (≈15mm), I'd be temped to cut a piece of drywall to size and shape, and screw it in place, then fill gaps and cover with filler. If it's not deep enough for ...
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No frills repair of a Lath & Plaster hole?

The truly no-frills technique here is to slap successive layers of ‘setting compound’ (eg setting compound ). They come in various set times — 5, 20, 45, 90 — and in small boxes. You’ll want to build ...
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How to take down a lath and plaster ceiling

I'm in the process of a large plaster-and-lath removal; my methods have evolved over the course of the project, maybe these tips will help others who find this question. I found that it's easiest to ...
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Repairing small damage to outside corners. Plaster walls.

Use plaster, 2-part body filler will be just as likely to fall off upon impact and is more difficult to use (IMO). Rough up the areas around the repair to improve adhesion. Moisten the existing ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Go with your plan & method of filling or even over-filling the areas in. You want to be as level to the old stuff as possible so the Mesh Tape can be equally filled in & over & humps ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Would be much easier to do in plaster, even if textured. The images below, are of an old window opening, overlapped by a new double door install. As forgiving as that dark paint was (2007), if they ...
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Repairing lath & plaster wall- structural elements

If the lath is rotted the supports are probably also damaged, I would add some temporary support inside by placing a board on the ceiling close to the wall and one on the floor held in by studs ...
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How to deal with lath and plaster over top plate of partition wall?

Like you're guessing, I would cut the lath as close to the partition wall as possible, then put furring strips [if necessary, see comments below] and drywall over it. To cut the lath, I wouldn't ...
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