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Old 01-18-2010, 08:51 PM  
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No, I acknowlege that Bud Cline may be correct, and that this was a standard method of plaster wall construction that was never used in the north, so I've never heard of it or had any experience with it.

Still, those ceilings were never meant to be walked on, so keep your feet on the joists when you're in the attic. Lime plaster is strong, but you don't want to push your luck with it.

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For everyone, not just Nestor: Preservation Brief 21: Repairing Historic Flat Plaster--Walls and Ceilings

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Wow GBR, you find some interesting sites. And my 2 cents, it is a thing best left to a professional to fix. My buddy is a professional plasterer, and even I have trouble keeping up with the differnces in each jobs characteristics. He can work on an old 1700s home and you would not even know he was there. I guess it depends on your idea of what good enough means.
I do know those old bathrooms with the wire mesh are a world of hurt to remove. I tell folks to get in that room if there is ever a bomb scare....or tornado.
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This house was leveled following a wildfire recently.
The house had a metal roof and was made of adobe. I kept the grass 2" long for 50' around the house, all winter but we had a fire with winds of 50mph and it was like a blowtorch.
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Texas, don,t be testing it anymore. When you drop your foot thru it the mesh closes around your leg and won't let go.

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