Installing Drywall, should I keep the lathe or remove it?
I have a 60 year old house, and am in the middle of remodeling the kitchen. I tore off all the wallpaper that was on top of the panel boards. After removing two layers of panel board, and a layer of plaster. Now I am to the point where the electrician came in and updated the electrical. Should I remove the lath? Or keep it to make installing the new drywall easier? I have to install new to meet the old drywall. Some of the lath is different sizes, I think I need it to make the wall plum, but not sure yet. Just gotten to the stage where I decide to keep the lath or remove it. I still need to add insulation and need clues on what kind of insulation would be the easiest to install.
I would remove the lath. It is more often than not, uneven. A problem that would not bother a plaster wall because you can adjust the thickness of the plaser as you work tro make up any fifferences. Removing the lath will give you a smoother more even wall and is by no means more difficult than going over the lath. Just remember to remove all the lath nails as well. Good luck.....MJH
It depends on how the removal of the thickness of lathe will affect the thickness of the new wall. If leaving the lathe and installing drywall makes the new thickness the same as was before then leave it. Your trim not have to be adjusted.
The lathe is in different sizes, some will keep the wall plum, while others do nothing more then get in the way. Whoever did the work before me, had no clue what they where doing. Not a miter joint in the whole place. They didn't even put walls where the counter& cabinets are in place at. Just insulation in a bare wall with the cabinets in front of it. So when it comes time to replace the counters and cabinets, I will be back to square one once more. The walls are not even square, so I am having a tuff time trying to make them square. None of the measurements that I have taken, actually match the walls that are currently there. Nothing is square if you understand.
You may want to remove everything that is on the walls and then string them to check for straightness and shim as necessary. There is nothing wrong with shims that make the job correct. They of course will not show after the wall is up.....MJH