remove lathe?


Old 01-22-03, 10:12 PM
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remove lathe?

I am putting up new cabinets in the kitchen. The original horsehair plaster wall was cracked and crumbling so I pulled it down. I plan on putting up sheetrock but am unsure what to do with the wooden lathe. I removed some of the broken ones. Should I leave the rest up or take it down? What is the general rule. It seems people do both. One concern I have is leaving a gap between the sheetrock and the wooden trim around the doors.
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Old 01-23-03, 05:49 AM
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Sometimes the wall studs in older houses are not necessarily aligned to make a flat wall; the lath is sometimes shimmed to make the wall flat for mounting the plaster. Removing this lath, in this case, works against you. You can install new studs alongside the old ones to obtain a flat surface, if needed.

The gap between the sheetrock and the door trim should not be a problem, since the trim sits on top of the sheetrock which runs up to the framing of the door. One challenge to face is resolving the difference between the thickness of the plaster and the sheetrock.
Old 01-23-03, 07:51 AM
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The wall seems to be fairly level with the lathe. Maybe the best route is to continue removing the busted pieces, and a few where I want access to put in new outlets. Sounds like I might be creating more work if I remove the lathe.
Old 01-23-03, 11:10 AM
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If the lath is not flat enough for you after you strip the plaster, pull it down. You can rip 2x4s in half and attach them to the side of the existing studs sticking out evenly across the wall. This also allows you to adjust the drywall face to bring it back to where the plaster face was. I do it on walls and ceiling when the plaster cannot be saved.
Old 01-26-03, 05:36 AM
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I recently tore out all the plaster and lath in both my kitchen and bathroom. I took the lath off as well as the plaster so that insulation could be added to the walls before installing the sheetrock. I did all the tearing out myself (100 lb. woman here) and although it make a whale of a mess, it was not that bad a job. Just thought I'd mention about the insulation as it sure makes it easier to do that while you have the oportunity, as well as update the electrical.


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