Hi Folks, I have a little mystery for you. I have recently been
re fixing some loose floor boards (bloody plumbers) in the back
bedroom and have been reminded of an unusual fixture in the
house. Above the ceiling plaster fixed to the bottom of the floor
joists we have 1 inch mesh chicken wire/wire netting stretched
over the entire area, any ideas why?
The house was built in the 1930s and the ceilings are plaster
onto a metal mesh (not the chicken wire that is separate) with
steel bars approx every 6 inches. At some time a second ceiling 2
inches below the original has been added in the ground floor
rooms. That threw me when running a network cable soon after we
came here. Having lifted an upstairs floorboard and drilled
through the ceiling I could see, I could not understand why there
was no hole to be seen from below!!! I then drilled up from below
and could not see a hole from above!!!! Only when I used a 2 inch
hole saw from above (not easy through the steel mesh) could I see
the second ceiling layer.
I seem to recall reading about a murderer who had a similar set-up in one
bedroom, the wire mesh also connected to some of the floor board nails, when
in the mood for a quick murder, he'd connect the mesh to the electric and
make a noise outside in the dead of night so the occupant would go to the
window - barefoot - and BZZZZ electrocuted - job done!
On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:33:38 +0100, Muddymike wrote:
Sounds like Expamet (expanded metal mesh), which is quite a modern idea.
I've been on sites in the past where old lath-and-plaster ceilings have
been refurbished. the lath and plaster would be removed completely and
then sheets of fine mesh Expamet affixed to the joists. The plasterer then
does his thing, creating a brand new ceiling.
I suspect that at some time in the recent past a previous owner had this
done and later the same, or another, owner decided the existing ceiling
was too high and decided to install a false ceiling below it.
I don't think so. Its wire netting not Expamet and the plaster is
not stuck to the wire mesh anywhere that floorboards have been
lifted, and a few have been up in every room now. Plus its
definately from the original 1930s build as the old ceiling is
complete and below the mesh wherever I have looked.
The house was a care home owned by the local housing authority
for several years so I am fairly confident the second ceiling was
installed for fire precaution reasons.
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