Anyone got any good suggestions for attaching a toilet cistern, basin and
towel radiator to a stud wall? (old lath & plaster). I'm thinking along the
lines of removing a section of lath & plaster between two studs, screwing
some 18mm ply to the studs and then plastering back over. I can then use a
multitude of fittings on the ply which should be sufficient.
Anyone got any better ideas?
Yeah - just on the off-chance anyone had heard of some fancy gadgets that
would do the job better. Can't think of any myself - don't really mind
removing the laths etc. but it's not the most pleasant job in the world and
if there was an alternative... :-)
Sick to death of lath and plaster walls... my lungs are now 2/3 filled with
lime and horse hair... and no matter how careful you are, even in a
hermetically sealed room, the dust gets everywhere... and I ALWAYS seem to
injure myself on a lath, at some point, somehow... hence my reluctance :-)
Yes. Use mask, goves, and jigsaw. Clean cut less dust than smashing and
You know the problems this time. So think about remedies.
You CAN secure things like cisterns to lath and plaster walls -
something like car body filler spreads teh load over a sufficient area -
bit really for basis - esepcaially fully cantilevered - you have to do
better and fix to the studs, or even build new studs to take the strain.
Or what not bite the bullet and rip out ALL the lath and plaster so its
gone forever, and plasterboard it putting in noggins where loads are
known to be likely, and a quick reskim from a competent plasterer means
that never ever again etc etc etc.
Having lived with both, I think I prefer L&P to plasterboard though. The
wall seems more solid and offers better noise suppression than your
average plasterboard wall. (Probably just down to the extra thickness of
plaster on the L&P wall).
Having said that, if I am building it then the choice is different!
I did the three of those recently onto a stud wall (PB + Skim rather L &
P). The radiator I was able to line up with the studs, the loo had no
capacity to be fixed to the wall (only the floor) - hence I siliconed it
to the tiles for extra rigidity, and the basin screwed into the pair of
4x2" noggins I built into the wall for the purpose ;-)
The only one that will take any real load is the basin (although less if
it has a pedestal), so the rest could go on cavity wall fixings of some
I have used a few of these recently, they seem to get a pretty good grip
on a cavity wall.
Have you got these to work reasonably on a crappy old lath'n plaster
wall though? Can't say I really trust *any* type of hollow-wall fixing
for those. For very lightweight stuff I'd hope to get a screw directly
into a lath; for heavy stuff it has to be in a a joist, else it's
demolition time for me!
The short answer is no, I only tried these recently and have not lived
in a house with L&P walls for many years. Watching how they work
however, I get the feeling they would be more successfull than many of
the so called "cavity fittings" which I always found were less than
satisfactory on L&P.
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