I have a house built in 1880. There is no insulation in the walls and most of
the plaster is crumbling and falling off. My idea is to remove the lath and
plaster, insert insulation and new wiring, then reattach lath and re-plaster.
Can this be done?
Yes, it can be done, but you will have a hard time finding a plasterer.
Around here, people advertise they are plasterers, but when you go to
hire them, they try to talk you into plasterboard. There's a lot of
skill involved in freehand plastering, and its a pleasure to watch one work.
If I were looking to hire someone to do real plaster work with lime
putty based plaster, I'd talk to the people that oversee the
historically significant buildings in my city. They would know who not
only does real plaster repairs, but whether or not they're any good at
Another option would be to phone the places listed under
Drywall/Plastering Supplies in your yellow pages phone directory. Find
out if they sell both dehydrated lime and Plaster of Paris. If they do,
they would also know who they sell it to, and whoever is buying a lot of
those products is doing a lot of real plaster work in your area.
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