I just replaced a damaged wall section with standard sheet rock. The
existing wall board was 1/2" thick, brown in color, fibrous and very light
weight with a cloth cover/reinforcement on the finish side. Its weight and
density is like the standard commercial 2'x4' fluorescent fixture light grid
tiles. The rest of the house is old plaster and lath and this brown wall
board was a latter addition. Don't think its a very good product to begin
with and never seen anything like this brown wall board before. Can anyone
provide more information?
Sounds like homosote, although the cloth finish is not a part
of a homosote panel. Could be sound board. I have seen them
made in a variety of configurations. In fact, in checking the
homasote site they do have a burlap covered panel. That may
It sounds like Beaver Board covered with wallpaper. Beaver Board was
a compressed pulp fiber board and was used for a number of purposes in
the early 20th century. Artists also used it instead of a stretched
Fiberboard material like that was pretty common in the 30s and 40s. I
know it as "Celotex" which is actually the name of one company that
It came in panels sized as those now for sheet rock. It was used for
both walls and ceilings. Walls often used it in panels that had
vertical "V" grooves to simulate wood planks.
I can't say I much liked it but it wasn't all that bad either...had
both heat and sound insulating value and was world's lighter than
gypsum board (never saw that until late 50s or early 60s). It
probably burned well too, don't know.
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