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Old 09-27-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Stripping wallpaper today in an early 1800 home. While all walls are plaster we noticed that some walls have been lined with drywall, presumably to cover bad plaster at some point in time.

The drywall has been up a long time based upon the multiple layers of paper, I noticed that the drywall is nailed up with nails that have very small heads and barely sunk into the surface, one layer of mud over the nails.

Our conversation turned to when drywall would have come into common use and plaster fell out of common use, we figured the transition time had the 1940's or 1950's. What we found today had to be some of the earliest.
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That's probably about right. I believe drywall was invented in the late 19th century but did not really become popular until well into the 20th. Alot of things like plywood and drywall really took off
with the post-war building boom.

Here's a good one; the Greeks and Romans knew how to make concrete, but after the fall of the empire no one knew how they made it for more than a thousand years. It was only rediscovered the 1750s!

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My 1958 home has drywall but they skim coated it not just the seams.

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I'd say in the 50's around here. Where I live there was a period after wood lath and plaster (late 40's?) that they had a drywall like board that came in 1 foot wide planks that they put over the studs then metal lath and plaster went over top...I don't know what it is actually called but we call it "clap board".
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from what ive seen plaster rock started to be used around late 40's early 50's . it was a replacement for lathe then a 3/8 layer of plaster went on top of it. in one neighborhood our company has done like 24 renos in there and ive done 5 or 6 either on my own or with other companies.

straight up drywall was in the mid 70's. the house i bought was done with 3/8" board with just masking tape on the seams but the put pannelling over it
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I believe the evolution went from lath & plaster, to "plaster board", which was approx. 2'x4' sheets of gypsum, punched w holes, which replaced lath, which evolved to what we have available now as sheet rock or drywall.

I have been told by a couple of OLD guys that the term "drywall" evolved from the lack of wet plaster being applied over a substrate.

Plaster Board was used to mid late 50's in most places.
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Did you guys ever have pinex? Its basically a soft kind of MDF it was used alot for ceilings but I have encountered it used on walls. They stopped making it here because as soon as water touched it it would swell like crazy.
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I believe the evolution went from lath & plaster, to "plaster board", which was approx. 2'x4' sheets of gypsum, punched w holes, which replaced lath, which evolved to what we have available now as sheet rock or drywall.

I have been told by a couple of OLD guys that the term "drywall" evolved from the lack of wet plaster being applied over a substrate.

Plaster Board was used to mid late 50's in most places.
Old timers call drywall, "plaster board" over here, its just known as "Gib" (j sound) by most people which is a manufacturers name and drywallers are known as "Gibbies" and you cut it with a "gib saw" not a jab saw.
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Did you guys ever have pinex? Its basically a soft kind of MDF it was used alot for ceilings but I have encountered it used on walls. They stopped making it here because as soon as water touched it it would swell like crazy.
Pinex must be a Kiwi term we call it tentest in Canada...my house was built in the 20's and has a ton if it. I've ripped most out but before all the exterior walls were sheathed in it.
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Pinex must be a Kiwi term we call it tentest in Canada...my house was built in the 20's and has a ton if it. I've ripped most out but before all the exterior walls were sheathed in it.
This stuff is for for interior use, the glue holding the sawdust together seems to be water soluble, typically they would do a ceiling with it then use timber beading across the joins.
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This stuff is for for interior use, the glue holding the sawdust together seems to be water soluble, typically they would do a ceiling with it then use timber beading across the joins.
Yep that's the stuff! Makes for a nice wavy ceiling in a few years....in cheap houses like mine it was used for finishing interior walls too.
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The drywall has been up a long time based upon the multiple layers of paper, I noticed that the drywall is nailed up with nails that have very small heads and barely sunk into the surface, one layer of mud over the nails.
I don't suppose you congratulated the HO on probably having an asbestos mine?
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Pinex must be a Kiwi term we call it tentest in Canada...my house was built in the 20's and has a ton if it. I've ripped most out but before all the exterior walls were sheathed in it.
here on the coast its been nicknamed "suicide board" because if the house catches on fire that stuff lights up like you wouldnt believe
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According to History, The U.S Company (USG) invented drywall in 1916It was originally called the sackett board, named after the Sackett plaster company which was a USG subsidiary.
Sheetrock was first sold in the form of small fireproof tiles and after a few years it was sold in multi-layer gypsum and paper sheets.
Then less then a decade it was made in the form as it is now which was a single layer of compressed gypsum between two sheets of heavy paper.
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According to History, The U.S Company (USG) invented drywall in 1916It was originally called the sackett board, named after the Sackett plaster company which was a USG subsidiary.
Sheetrock was first sold in the form of small fireproof tiles and after a few years it was sold in multi-layer gypsum and paper sheets.
Then less then a decade it was made in the form as it is now which was a single layer of compressed gypsum between two sheets of heavy paper.
Was it displayed on the east or the west in the original store?
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I see a lot of soft osb looking board that has horse hair in it.... Is that the pinex stuff u speak of? The edges have copper mesh bedded in plaster
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When sheetrock first hit the market, did the professional plasterers piss and moan about their industry, now that a less talented person could build a straight wall?
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Was it displayed on the east or the west in the original store?
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I think the actual date varies between area's and there was years of using the above mentioned materials at the same time.

However I do believe the sears houses actually made drywall common.

It was easier than strapping a couple of plaster guys to the load that got delivered on site.
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My first house was built mid 60's about 25 years before I bought it. It had 3/8" drywall everywhere. My parents house was built late 60's and had 1/2", so I'm not sure if there was a standard that changed in the time period or not

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