Plaster Walls – Misconceptions and Facts

Plaster walls have the same capacity and sound insulation like brick walls.

Brick walls and plastering in process of renovation of the apartment are becoming a thing of the past! Today, people are increasingly using plaster walls for the rearrangement of the rooms.

Plaster walls can be made with a single or double stud. They can also be fitted with one or two layers of gypsum board. Experts advise the use of two layers of gypsum board and double grid system on walls with a heavy load. In this way is wall with thickness of 12 cm made, which is equal to the thickness of the wall of brick. In addition, plaster walls offer the ability to perform rounded structures. A semi-circular wall with the radius of 60 cm is made of flexible plates with curved grid.

Traditionalists, however, still cultivate certain prejudices against plaster walls. The biggest is that on this wall cannot plasma TV or some other heavier elements be hanged. To achieve a normal load, plaster walls should be placed properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This means that galvanized probes that rely on susceptible rail need to be fastened. Brace takes a horizontal force pulling the anchor and transmits it to the opposite surface of the wall. At the anchors are consoles or brackets screwed. For objects that have a lower weight it is sufficient to attach the brackets to the wall with galvanized screws and plastic anchors.

Laity people are pretty skeptical when it comes to soundproofing of plaster walls. This misconception is probably made because of small thickness of plaster board. The structural thickness is 7.5 cm, and thickness of plate is 2.5 cm. However, plaster walls are very good here, achieving sound insulation from 45 to 69 dB, depending on the type of plate. As mentioned earlier, if you set a double grid with two layers of gypsum board, you get the same wall thickness as a brick wall.

And, of course, one more thing should not be forgotten! If you place a wall in the kitchen or any other room where can be moisture it is necessary to use special moisture resistant boards. These panels are easy to recognize because they are green. In the kitchen, especially near the stove, is recommended to use fire-resistant panels that are red.

A Beautiful French Chandelier – The Highest Point Of A Room’s Interior Design


When you hang a chandelier in your house you acquire something practical and beautiful and an object that will become a focus for the room. Other decorations will revolve around it. It will become a talking point, the centrepiece. A fireplace draws attention to a lower level in a room; whereas a chandelier is the highest point of a room’s decoration.

Never in the long history of the chandelier has there been such choice as there is today. You can buy in person or over the internet. You can scour or the junk shops in England or America or the brocante stalls in France.

Perhaps the longest established and best known chandelier maker in France is the firm of Baccarat, which continues to thrive today.

Chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes – some more unusual than others. Amongst some of the most charming eccentric chandeliers are those designed to represent hot-air balloons. The early nineteenth century saw a wave of enthusiasm for hot-air balloons, prompted by the first balloon flight by the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Michel travelling through the air for some six miles in 1783. Some Montgolfier chandeliers are French others Italian.

The type of chandelier which is associated with French work is more open with its main structural support supplied not by chains or a stem but rather by a cage or frame with prettily curved members, often gilded and with candles or drops in the centre space. Like English chandeliers, they have chains of drops and pendants.

The difference is that instead of being massed together, they are however spaced further apart so that they can be seen individually. The effect is extremely ornate and delicate without being elaborate.

The ironwork on French chandeliers by the 1900s was superbly attractive and refined. The stem might have leaves and stalks curling off it supporting crystal drops, flowers and beads. For all the bags and festoons of drops, glass arms, full panoply of other elements, the French chandelier is distinctively never heavy or crowded and always alluring.

One of the things you need to be absolutely sure of is that your chandelier is safe; that when it is installed it will stay up, it will not electrocute anyone or it won’t shed pieces on your head or burn the house down.

If you bought you chandelier from a market or a brocante you should use common sense about its wiring. Any chandelier is only as safe as good electrically speaking as the circuit of which it is part. Have it tested by a qualified electrician and rewired if in doubt.