Wednesday, February 27, 2008

And the walls came tumbling down...

Literally. A piece of paneling was hanging on by a nail somewhere and I got between it and the wall to see where. I found it. I went to reach in with the hammer to pull the nail, heard a creaking sound and pulled back just in time for the whole panel to go crashing to the floor! I think that coulda left a mark...each panel weighs a ton.
The room seems to have doubled overnight from taking down the ceiling and some of the paneling. I only got 1/2 a wall done and had to stop. I had not expected the weight of each piece to be so much, and with the problems I have with my neck and shoulder I can't physically do it. So James gets to have that fun.
This is where the top trim piece goes over the transom window. I about cried when I saw what was under the little piece of paneling. The wood in this picture is the actual door frame and the hand hewn lathe. And the plaster, of course.
Same thing from a different angle. I figured out that the plaster is true horse hair. I picked up a little piece that was laying up there and could see the hairs in it. From this angle you can kinda see that the lathe is hand hewn (notice the rough edge). The lathe and the frame are made of the same type of wood, but I have no idea what kind it is. Its a little dark with a reddish color to it.

When I was removing the nails from the now bare walls it looked like the plaster was crumbling around each nail I pulled out. Upon closer inspection, its not. What is crumbling is layer after layer of paint! I also figured out that the paint on the door frame is peeling too. Its like it never adhered to the paint under it.

Last night when James was hanging the chandelier I looked up and noticed a crack between the wall and the ceiling. I climbed up on the freezer to get a better look and realized it was drywall that was not hung right and there for didn't line up right. And I can see where the pass through's were at...they drywalled it, but didn't mud or paint it so I can tell where everything was. Oh, and I was told there was no drywall anywhere in this house. That its all plaster. Uh, no. That's not right. Last time I checked, plaster has never been made in sheets that you nail up. It'd be sweet if it was though!


glavichbuilt said...

hey becky this is your cousin chris from ohio when you were talking about plaster not comming in sheets that was kinda right and kinda wrong in the late fifties and sixties they nailed a product called rock lathe on the walls insead of wood lathe it was 12 or sixteen inch wide pieces of early form of drywall and and they put wire mesh in the corners and then plastered over it. early version of drywall you could say well. thought you find that interesting wish i lived closer i would lend a hand. going on 12 years of building and fixing other peoples stuff. glavich out

BeccaMarie said...

Hey Chris! I didn't know they ever made anything like that. But that explains a lot since they said it wasn't and they have been straightforward about everything that had been done to this house. I didn't realize you'd been doing that for 12 years! You guys will have to come and see it when its all done...which isn't going to be for a while since we have to replace a wall.