Plaster: The Straw that Broke the Ceiling's Back

Slaton, Deborah; Patterson, David S.; Itle, Kenneth M.
June 2013
Construction Specifier;Jun2013, Vol. 66 Issue 6, p114
Trade Publication
In a brief article, the authors discuss the partial collapse of an ornamental plaster ceiling in a neo-Classical building dating to the 1920s. An investigation found that the cause of the collapse was the deterioration jute fibers used to reinforce plaster wads that supported the ceiling itself. Over time, the authors note, the jute fibers gradually dried out, thus losing their tensile strength.


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