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?


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.




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.


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


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


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