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Lath & plaster ceiling

Discussion in 'The Place To Meet And Say Hello' started by Richard Keane, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Richard Keane

    Richard Keane New Member

    My 80-90 year old house has decided to part company with my bedroom l&p ceiling. I have stuck it back once but just shifted the problem and made it worse. There's no hope of decamping before Christmas although I have a reasonable and affordable quote for boarding it. I need to hold it in place - and stop it falling on the wife during the night - with something. Can anyone recommend an adhesive, expanding foam or the like as a temporary fix?

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  2. flynnyman

    flynnyman Private Member

    Either board over the top unless you store any motor bikes in the loft scrap that idea ;) you could push the ceiling back up with a prop then get above the ceilings and pour some plaster over the laths, maybe incorporate a mesh and this will hold it back in place.
  3. zolco

    zolco Private Member

    Get a roll of polyethylene and a few length of roofing batten, tape the poly to the ceiling then screw the batten up
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  4. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    neat idea
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  5. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    to be honest for a days work of a good plasterer I would just get it sorted ready for xmas :D
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  6. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    Get it down asap save any accidents and mess
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  7. Cockney1

    Cockney1 Active Member

    Better to just get it sorted, otherwise you or the wife might wake up to a mouthful of plaster and a lath or 2 sticking out of your head! :endesacuerdo:
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  8. Richard Keane

    Richard Keane New Member

    Thanks everyone. Nothing would give me more satisfaction than getting the permanent fix. It's impossible to get the room clear - nowhere to put the 30+ years accumulated crap until the end of the year. I couldn't risk any mechanical solution, the plaster is 'live' over 2 sq metres and cracking. So I got some gun grade adhesive foam for plasterboard (DOW's Insta Stik) , introduced it slowly so the expansion didn't make the shift worse then kept fingers etc crossed. I didn't even dare to try an acrow prop under this botch-up. If this holds it'll be a marvel. I shall keep the Forum updated as you've been so helpful.
  9. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    do you have a garden? could get a tent :D
  10. Richard Keane

    Richard Keane New Member

    Need a skip or two out front as well for the junk. The blokes who will board it wisely suggested having the walls skimmed too. As it is I dare not decorate the room. Could be an exciting New Year! Though until then high winds are a worry. ;)
  11. Richard Keane

    Richard Keane New Member

    Hello. So far the Insta Stik foam adhesive has held. The ceiling feels stable enough when gentle pressure is applied - no flexing noticeable. Thought I would report back in case another victim of old lath&plaster checks in for advice.

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