Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Broad hatchets - what are they good for

William Duffield
Those were also used mid-century for hanging sheetrock (rock lath), which was a precursor to drywall, and a replacement for wooden laths as an underlayment for plaster walls and ceilings. The blade was used to score the paper covering to length, and the hammer end was used to nail it to the stud wall. The sheetrock came in 16" widths and was covered in coarse grey paper that the plaster stuck to. I still have my dad's lath hatchet.

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