I am thinking of using wire lath as a base for a small ceiling. I've
plastered before, but only over rocklath or blueboard. Questions:
- The framing is 2x4, mounted 'flat' (so, 3.5" on the ceiling side).
Can I just nail the wire lath to that? It seems like it wouldn't key
all that well there.
- Would it help (or be necessary) to add some kind of fiber to the
- I'd use Structolite for the scratch coat. Is OK?
Let me guess: Grandpa was knocked off a ladder while doing sheetrock, so the
material is pure evil and can't be allowed in the house?
Wait....the spouse wants it because she saw it being done to Martha
Structolite already has the fiber (hair) in it. It is unusual to
have the wood in the flat. Were you planning to staple, nail, or
screw the lath on? You could slip a washer/nut/piece of plastic
between the lath and the wood at the fasteners to get a better
keying. You will be wearing quite a bit of the plaster if you've
not done this before. Make the plaster fairly loose and make sure
to get it keyed. Do not try to flatten or work the scratch very
much, just get it keyed in.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I was thinking to nail it, probably w/ roofing nails or maybe
ringed-shanks, if I find some with a big head. I like the idea of using
a washer - just that might be enough for it to key.
As far as getting rained on, one reason for doing this now is that it's
a stairway, so it's sloped, rather than strictly overhead. (Also, it's
to the cellar, so it's kind of a throw-away - a good place to practice.)
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