Uncover framework - is it possible to do that yourself?

In order to bring the original character of a half-timbered house back to the fore, many would like to bring to light the framework lying behind a facade. Whether you can do that yourself, and what kind of risks this can entail, read in this post.

Reasons for plastering

For a long time, the half-timbered construction method was considered outdated and not very attractive. Especially in the 60s and 70s, therefore, many traditional half-timbered houses were rebuilt in all possible ways, but at least fully plastered.

There are many reasons for plastering though:

  • Optical "modernization"
  • Covering of existing damage or optical defects
  • Protection against excessive rain rain

Uncover framework - is it possible to do that yourself?: framework

The many unsuitable materials used to cover and partially damage the framework may cause problems when exposed. The damaged half-timbered parts then often have to be laboriously restored.

An argument for the exposure is, however, that the statics of the building in any case affected by damage to the load-bearing timber construction in these cases, and needs a thorough renovation.

Possible problems when uncovering

The exposed facades are then exposed to the weather completely unprotected. This can cause moisture damage to form quickly, which then attack the wood. The already weakened by the previous, very common construction defects suffers thereby even more.

The effort of exposure is relatively high - and therefore expensive. In most cases you will not be able to lend a hand, but have to resort to a corresponding specialist company. Depending on the size of the affected area, this can mean a high cost.

In many cases, suitable technical methods must be found in order to remove the plaster layers gently but completely. This can be sandblasting, but also thermal removal. What is suitable only the expert on site can judge.

Additional work after exposure

Cleaning the wooden beams when exposed can be very time-consuming. As a rule, electric wire brushes work best, preferably with high power. But until all the bars are clean, a lot of time can pass. After cleaning, the bars should be oiled.

The removal of the old plaster layers is often only possible radically. When the clay has worn off, you can apply a new clay plaster again. For beginners, working with clay is not so easy. This creates a further cost and time.

The plaster removal can make it difficult if the waistband side of the wood is on the wrong side. Very often, the waistband side of the wood in old half-timbered houses on the outside, so the exposure on the inside is often quite difficult and brings no particularly nice result.

If the compartments are damaged too much during the excavation work, then they must be extensively renewed afterwards. Replacing the original compartment with mud bricks often makes more sense because of the much lower cost. Creating true-to-original sections requires a lot of practice.

Tips & Tricks

When carrying out the self-exposure, always wear suitable protective equipment: safety goggles, clothing that is as dustproof and long-sleeved as possible, and definitely a mouthguard. Plaster causes much (not very healthy) dust, dry clay causes much more dust when you reach the clay layer.

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