Dating old homes

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Lath are the long strips of wood that plaster is applied to when finishing a wall.They were nailed up on the underlying framing with small gaps, called keys, that the plaster would be pushed into, helping the plaster to adhere.” Kids this age become much more adept at manipulating their parents by blaming them for being too rigid and strict: “I’m getting older now.You should trust me more.” But the fact is, they’re not that much older.This type of lath was not available until circa 1825-1835, after the circular saw came into more general use ill-sawn laths in between the two "new" windows where a window had been removed and lath and plastered over.On the right you can see the original center window from this exterior photo of The Stovers.

On the surface, they may seem much more independent and responsible, but often they are simply better able to put their parents off and hide what’s really going on with them.

And when things come out wrong, these kids often view themselves as victims.

You’ll hear them saying things like: “It’s not my fault.” “I couldn’t help it.” “I only stayed out an hour late and you want to punish me?

This was apparently the least effective kind of early lath because it didn't have adequate "keys," or open spaces, to hold the plaster and keep it from sagging over time.

We have had to remove large chunks of sagging plaster from our ceilings where the plaster came loose from the accordion lath.

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