lath & plaster or ?
Getting ready for a big (for me) remodel and am spending countless hours on GardenWeb :-)
Probably naive, but my first question:
I'm trying to figure out what my walls are made of. Seems like this shouldn't be too hard to figure out but I haven't found an easy test. I've had various guesses, mostly lath and plaster and plaster/mud on some kind of backing board. But we really don't know. Nobody (including me) seems to think it's drywall. There's gotta be some easy way to tell?
The house was built in '48. The walls are notable that they have a smooth part (looks like a 2x4?) at the bottom:
I don't think it has any kind of plaster/mud on it. There are no baseboards (and never have been, I don't think.) Does this make it more/less likely to be lath and plaster?
There are no ventilation grates through the walls. Here's what the edge at an outlet looks like:
I suppose I'm mostly anticipating what it's going to take to redo the kitchen. Is lath and plaster a lot harder to work with that plaster over one of the other backing materials?