10:43AM | 07/17/00
Member Since: 07/16/00
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I recently purchased a home built in 1925. It has many layers of paint & wallpaper over plaster. Many in my neighborhood place drywall over this to smooth out the walls.

I believe this is a poor choice because of the cost, weight and messiness of gypsum board for walls which are already solid and sturdy. In addition, the thickness wreaks havoc with molding & electrical.

Has anyone used an alternative covering? Masonite, fiberglass boards or other material? I am concerned about joints and screws, scratch-resistance, texture and the like.


07:18PM | 07/17/00
Are you going to take down the wallpaper and plaster? Or are you wanting to place a new surface over it?

We are using muslin to create a smooth surface over wood plank walls, and maybe this would also work over lath. Joints and screws are not a problem because we're able to staple up wall size sheets of muslin, which we can then paint or paper over.

Previous owners of our home installed drywall in the way you described, and, it was "havoc" with the trim and window frames. Besides looking bad, it cracked and bowed.

You might find some useful info at this site on this topic at--

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