Fasten laths to provide supporting base, using tools.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lathers do?

Fastens wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings, and partitions of buildings to provide supporting base for plaster, fireproofing, or acoustical material, using handtools and portable power tools: Erects horizontal metal framework to which laths are fastened, using nails, bolts, and studgun. Drills holes in floor and ceiling, using portable electric tool, and drives ends of wooden or metal studs into holes to provide anchor for furring or rockboard lath. Wires horizontal strips to furring to stiffen framework. Cuts lath to fit openings and projections, using handtools or portable power tools. Wires, nails, clips, or staples lath to framework, ceiling joists, and flat concrete surfaces. Bends metal lath to fit corners, or attaches preformed corner reinforcements. Wires plasterer’s channels to overhead structural framework to provide support for plaster or acoustical ceiling tile. May install metal casings around openings, metal window stools, and metal trim and plaster grounds nailed to studding to provide guide for PLASTERER. May weld metal frame supports to steel structural members. May be designated according to type of lath applied as Metal Lather; Rockboard Lather; Wood Lather; or according to task performed as Metal Furrer.

Should I be a Lather?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Braddisher, Hardwood Floor Layer, Lather Apprentice, Metal Tile Lather, Sheather, Weather Stripper

    How to become a Lather

    Lathers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Lather-related education!
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