06:25AM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 12/25/02
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I recently purchased a house built in the early 1900's. The walls and ceilings are cracked beyond repair. I would like to put up new drywall, however I am unsure as to whether I should drywall over the existing plaster, or remove the wood lathe and horse hair and start fresh. My two concerns are one, I am not sure if the house is insulated, and two, if I do drywall over the existing plaster do I need to be concerned about the plaster breaking down and causing the new drywall to sag?

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10:59AM | 12/27/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
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as long as you fasten the drywall securely you won't have any problems w/ it sagging due to the plaster deteriorating...however i would recommend tearing it all that you would be able to better insulate the that would allow you to update any wiring


03:53PM | 12/27/02
Member Since: 12/22/02
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Alot of bad things could have happened to your home over the past 100 years. Ripping out the old plaster would also allow you to inspect and repair everything in the area.

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