As I’ve mentioned, we’re working hard to keep the various construction materials we’re removing separated for proper disposal. So once the plaster is off the walls, it’s time to pull off the lath. Now, on the interior walls, that’s a quick and easy job. Just yank on the thin strips of wood with one of my tools and off they come. (For the most part, besides protective gear like gloves, a mask and sometimes googles, I’ve got down to the studs on each wall with only two tools — a wrecking bar and a hammer.)
On the outside walls, the job isn’t quite as much fun. At some point during the house’s history, loose fibreglass insulation was blown into the spaces between the studs on the exterior walls. In a few spots, there are wood shavings serving as insulation and filling the space. And sometimes there is nothing at all, which would explain why people tend to find old houses drafty!
I can understand why there might be one kind of insulation in one wall and another kind in another wall and perhaps nothing at all in a third wall. I am sure people insulated as different options became available and as they were able to afford the work. What I haven’t been able to figure out is the reason for inconstitencies in the very same wall. If anyone knows the answer to that one, please leave us a comment!
The lath itself we’re moving by truck-load and tractor bucket to a large burning pile in the middle of the future vegetable garden. (A very small amount of it has been recycled to patch spots on interior walls where we are going to simply drywall over the lath.)