Replacing Lath & Plaster Ceiling

July 2005
Aug 2005
Nov 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
May 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Back Porch
Pecan Tree
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2
Kitchen 3
Dig Footers
Build Foundation
Filling an Antique Septic Tank
Floor Joists
Framing Day 1
Framing Day 2
Framing Day 3
Framing Day 4
New windows
Sewer Line
Water Line
West Wall
East Wall
South Wall-West Gable
Front Door
New East Wall
New West Wall
New North Wall
Last New Wall
Front Porch

Pulling down the old lath and plaster ceilings was a dirty job. Over 100 years of coal dust, soot from the trains, and dust all collected above the ceiling. The lath had been installed with 1-inch square nails. We removed the dining room and front bedroom ceilings. Two other rooms had lowered ceiling in good shape and the hall and front parlor had some new sheetrock from the 1960s with texturing. That was put on the schedule as a later project to change. The black sweater and cap were not black to begin with.

This house had cedar shake roof shingles which allows homes in humid climates to breath. However, it also allowed permeation of coal dust and coal soot. Homes closer to the railroad tracks half a block away had tin roofs to protect them from flying sparks given off by steam locomotives.

Washing some of the dirt out of the shirt before it hit the washer.

Picking up some sheetrock for the two ceilings. We think this the the first time the big truck did some serious hauling since we bought it back in the late 1990s.

Our lumber stash. Salvaged lumber, leftover supplies and assorted parts were saved in the back yard.