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  1. #1
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    Jan 2014
    Miami, FL

    Default What are my old walls made of?!

    Last edited by varodrig; 03-31-2014 at 08:49 AM.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2010
    Houston Texas

    Default Re: What are my old walls made of?!

    While I am not too familiar with the history of 1960's building materials in Denmark, it looks like vertically installed early drywall which may or may not have a coating of plaster applied.

    If it feels like drywall under the plaster than it is drywall.

    The plaster can be floated without the need for the fiberglass unless you have severe cracking, which I don't see from here.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2010

    Default Re: What are my old walls made of?!

    Maybe this will help you identifying what you have: remove the cover plate from an electrical outlet on the wall and examine the cross cuts around it. Then report back.

  4. #4
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    May 2008
    Pacific Northwet

    Default Re: What are my old walls made of?!

    Maybe stucco?
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2007

    Default Re: What are my old walls made of?!

    I think you have something that is called autoclaved concrete. Its like concrete that has been pressurized with a gas to make turn into a foam like material. It is fairly lightweight and is glued or mortared together. It is usually stuccoed on the outside and may be stuccoed or plastered on the inside. It does not have the R-factor of a plastic foam such as styrofoam, an 8" block is about R-11. But it is a continuous insulation so it works pretty good.

    If the house is two stories, the blocks should be at least 11" thick and double 8" blocks used for three story. I saw a lot of that type construction when I visited Germany.

    I don't know why you can't paint it like it is unless you just don't like the texture. You will need to wash off any residual glue from the wall paper first. If the bare blocks have not been covered with plaster, you could put another coat on. You can sand the old plaster but I would not sand the bare blocks. Back in the late 50's, textured plaster was semi popular so you might have this.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009

    Default Re: What are my old walls made of?!

    For wall coverings check on these products.
    Don't know if they are available in Denmark ?
    Plaster In A Roll.
    Flex-Wall System.
    Clay Roll-On Plaster.
    I have also used plaster bandage ( Plaster of Paris in a roll ) to cover cracks.
    Also look into a veneer plaster.

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