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Catherine
crumbling garage wall and floor

The side walls of my attached, single-car garage are crumbling, the foundation is crumbling, and the floor is deteriorating and pitted. The house was built in 1948. It has aluminum siding. I'm in the northeast U.S.

The house's interior walls are plaster and lath. I don't know what the garage walls are. I thought they were plaster, but it's coming off in chunks that look more like old drywall. I'll attach some photos of the exterior side wall and of the pitted floor. (The back wall is not exterior; there's a sunroom behind it.) I have no idea where to start or whom to hire to fix all this.

Does that exterior side wall need to be gutted, to the studs, or can it be patched?

Can that floor be fixed so it has a smooth surface?

 

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Clarence
Re: crumbling garage wall and floor

 I can not tell from the photos what the problem with the wall structural is.

The plaster is what is know as Rock Lath which is a Gypsum lath most comend it was 18 inches wide & 48 inches long nailed to wood studs with a gypsum base coat applied than a white finish coat of white Line & Gauging plaster applied about 1/8 inches thickness.

Catherine
Re: crumbling garage wall and floor

Thanks, Clarence. I removed some of the rock lath. There is some rot in the studs and sill plate, but they appear to be mostly solid, rather than disintegrating. I'll upload two photos.

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Clarence
Re: crumbling garage wall and floor

 Have framer / inspector  in your local area come and inspect the framing to see how deep the rot is & they can advise you as what is required based on the findings.

Catherine
Re: crumbling garage wall and floor

OK. Thank you.

 

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