The Paper-hanger's Companion
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: James Arrowsmith
Excerpt from book: On the Preparation of Grounds affected with Damp. Damp is one of the worst adversaries the paper-hanger has to contend with, and various are the means resorted to for overcoming this formidable enemy. I shall mention those I have used myself, under the several circumstances which presented themselves, and have below endeavoured to class them in the order that I have found answered the best: following them, each consecutively, with remarks, and the methods I adopted to meet the difficulties. No. 1. Battening for Lath and Plaster. 2. Battening and Canvassing. 3. Hameline's Patent Mastic. 4. Sheet Lead. 5. Pitched Paper. 6. Strong Brown Paper. 7. Mixture of Clay with Paint. 8. Dry Rot. 9. Ivy on Exterior Walls. It may be supposed that, with such a va riety of expedients to overcome the difficulties arising from damp, some few of them might infallibly answer the purpose. My opinion is, that No. 1, only can be relied upon: but being attended with much trouble and expense, comparatively with other means, it is seldom resorted to, except when a new building is erecting, where persons of sense and spirit, who study their own comforts and interests, adopt it. In old apartments it is considered an insuperable difficulty to effect this operation: but a practical paper-hanger can always, by instructions to the proper workmen, remove it: he will recommend the plinth of the room to be taken off, and the walls plugged with oblong square plugs of some hard wood, which can be easily performed by the carpenter, according to the directions of the plasterer, who knows where the bat- tens are to be placed, to suit the laths he has to use. Should it be objected that the battens project before the plaster cornice, still, should it be so, a little ingenuity will only b...