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normandsandra

01:14PM | 06/22/05
Member Since: 06/21/05
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We are trying to restore a house that is over 350 years old. We had a contractor do the addition and now that we have run out of money we are trying to do the old part ourselves keeping it as close to original as possible. We took off some old 1/8" paneling that was put up in the 60's and found an old fireplace. The walls around it are covered in thin wooden slats running horizontally with about 1/4" to 1/2" space between them. We don't know where to go from here. Should those slats be removed also?

k2

05:05PM | 06/23/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi Norm & Sandra,

I've been thinking about this post, and it's a bit hard to visualize what you're talking about. Perhaps that's why no one has written in yet.

Do the slats look original? (Something tells me they're not.) There are lots of options around fireplaces; tile comes to mind as it can look really nice without costing a fortune.

Are you planning to use the fireplace? Might be best to have a pro look at it if so.

Also, you might consider posting a picture. You can put a URL to picture(s) on your website if you like.

Good luck, it sounds like an interesting one! Welcome to the forum; hopefully it won't end up being a 'stumper!'

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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carl21l

06:47PM | 06/23/05
Member Since: 03/21/04
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sounds like the walls were originally plastered. the thin wooden slats with spaces were used to support the plaster. when the plaster was applied to the slats, some of the material was pressed thru the slots between the slats and that was the KEY to anchor the plaster to the walls and ceiling.

JMHO

Carl

k2

07:01PM | 06/23/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Aha Carl, right-o! Probably slats to support plaster. Dunno why; I was thinking of a "finished" wall, not lath. Probably so!

As anyone who's ever owned an old home knows, you never know quite what you're going to find when you start peeling layers :)

Regards,

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normandsandra

07:20PM | 06/23/05
Member Since: 06/21/05
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Thank you so much for all the help. I guess that is not an original art of the house. We will just take them down and see what lies beneath. This is definately an adventure. Thank you again.

k2

12:59PM | 06/24/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi again,

If it is lath (slats for plaster), it may not be worth delving any deeper--as it was probably the base for the original wall.

If it were me, I'd probably drywall over it (or cover with ???)

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normandsandra

07:16AM | 06/30/05
Member Since: 06/21/05
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Well, we decided to take the slats off on the fireplace wall so we could really see behind it. I think we will leave them on the rest of the room walls. The fireplace wall was sure interesting. They didn't take too many pains cutting wood the proper length, but the house is sound as it can be. We are going to cover it with drywall I think unless we can get a good price for wood wainscoating or using 3" horizontal tongue in grove wood like the rest of the house. I also want to put a time capsule in the walls before we cover it so the next guy will have an adventure too. Will let you know what we decide. Thanks so much for all your help. SG


k2

07:51AM | 06/30/05
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yup, drywall (or wood, as you mentioned) sounds like a great idea!

And, I like the time capsule idea! Ever been in the Athens subways? There's a place where you can see civilization history (measured in hundreds--or is it thousands--of years), uncovered during the subway dig. It's nicely presented--covered with glass. Perhaps you can do something like that, lol!

Regards,

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normandsandra

08:00AM | 06/30/05
Member Since: 06/21/05
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Athens sounds awesome, but I've never been there and doubt I will ever make it. Putting too much money into "this old house". Guess you know what that's like though. I will let you know as work progresses, but do intend to do my time capsule. Thanks again...SG

k2

08:08AM | 06/30/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Check it out! (the internet is great for this!). You'll see a little of it in one of the pictures in the link below. Would a wall treatment like this be COOOL or what! :)

http://www.athensguide.com/newmetro.html

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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