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    Drywall origins?

    When did drywall come into fashion?

    Been doing some 'move in' stuff on the new old house and I've found some original 1949 walls (in the kitchen) that look to be masonite with plaster, then covered with several layers of wallpaper. Kitchen ceiling also appears to be masonite with plaster. Closet walls also. Bedroom walls, or at least SOME of them are drywall, because somebody put up five shelf standards with three molly bolts each... missed the stud on every one.

    I'm beginning to think I shoulda took all the wall covering down and started over so I know what's there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Constable View Post
    When did drywall come into fashion?

    Been doing some 'move in' stuff on the new old house and I've found some original 1949 walls (in the kitchen) that look to be masonite with plaster, then covered with several layers of wallpaper. Kitchen ceiling also appears to be masonite with plaster. Closet walls also. Bedroom walls, or at least SOME of them are drywall, because somebody put up five shelf standards with three molly bolts each... missed the stud on every one.

    I'm beginning to think I shoulda took all the wall covering down and started over so I know what's there.
    According to this article it was developed in 1916, intersting article.
    http://db.inman.com/inman/content/su...nistid=Gellner

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    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

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    Or, if those two links don't help, try http://db.inman.com/inman/content/su...nistid=Gellner




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    And there's always Wiki....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drywall

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    We built a house about 1951 using something called 'sheet rock'. Was incredibly heavy stuff. 'course, I was a skinny 112 lb. kid, everything was heavy then.

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    Be sure to wear a dust mask if you do take any old rock down. Some of the older drywall did have asbestos in it as well.
    Darren

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    There have been a few instances when I thought it came from the depths of hell.

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    On a related note...

    I remember taking delivery of a bunch of drywall when my basement was being finished. As the guys stacked the sheets on the floor, I noted the date and time of manufacture printed on the sheets.

    I'm in Northern Virginia and the sheets were manufactured (I think) in Pennsylvania. What struck me as being neat was they were manufactured less than 24 hours before they were stacked on my floor.

    Talk about "just in time" manufacturing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    I'm in Northern Virginia and the sheets were manufactured (I think) in Pennsylvania. What struck me as being neat was they were manufactured less than 24 hours before they were stacked on my floor.
    Hot off the press!!!

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