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Are Your Walls Plaster or Drywall?: How to Tell
When preparing to paint or remodel, you’ll want to know what you’re working with. If you’re not sure whether your walls are drywall or plaster, read on for tips on how to tell.
Ask their age: Plaster walls tend to be found in older homes. The first forms of drywall were patented in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until the housing boom of the 1950s that drywall—that is, thin panels of gypsum-based plaster sandwiched between two stiff pieces of paper—began to take off, and over the next few decades it became the industry standard. It’s not impossible that a newer, custom-built house might have plaster walls: some people prefer the texture and solidity of plaster, but the plastering process is several times as costly and can take weeks to fully dry.
Make some noise: Plaster is thicker and denser than drywall, making it substantially more soundproof. Knocking on a plaster wall will produce a dull thud and feel almost rocklike to the hand, like a drum filled with cement. Drywall will sound hollow, and you shouldn’t knock too hard: it’s more fragile than plaster, such that another test is to press a pushpin into an inconspicuous area. If it slides right in, it’s likely drywall.
Look inside: Unscrew an air vent or an electrical outlet cover, give a loud yell to scare away any flying squirrels that might be in there, and peer into the depths of your wall. Drywall will typically be half an inch thick, with paint applied directly to its surface, and you may be able to spy the backing paper. If, however, you see wood slats (called lath) or wire mesh supporting a thick, possibly crumbly looking substance, it’s plaster. You might even find a combination of the two: veneer plaster supports a thinner layer of plaster with drywall-like gypsum boards.
Blue Eye Interiors
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We provide fun, interactive classes, that help you learn how to use power tools and related skills. All classes are taught by experienced women that are approachable and eager to share their knowledge. The classes start with coffee and desserts, then you get to build a project, learn how to use a power tool or skill, And go home empowered! We are Where Lipstick Meets Sawdust.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Over the years of building custom furniture for my interior design clients I learned many people are interested in learning how to use power tools but didn't have a safe, casual, interactive environment to do so. So we created Blue Eye DIY to help those that want to have a fun night out with friends, a date night, birthday party or just enjoy the experience of learning a new skill.
What do you love most about your job? I love the excitement involved when someone realizes they now have the skills to create that project they have been eyeballing on their social media. I also love mentoring young people.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? I hear frequently "that isn't as scary as I thought" Or "I can't believe I made that!" That is so exciting for me when someone I helped is proud of themselves.