05:15PM | 05/16/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
We are going to be gutting our kitchen in a few weeks. Currently there are plaster walls in the kitchen. The reason that we have to tear out the plaster is because there is sheet vinyl glued to the plaster. When I remove the vinyl, glue remains on the wall and chunks of plaster come off. So we figure that it would be best to gut it, replace wiring, add additional outlets, insulate the exterior walls and I think that its probably a good idea to replace the plumbing since this house was built in 1930. Someone told me that when they gutted their plaster walls that the studs were very uneven. The plaster was 2" thick in some areas, and 1/8" thick in others. They ended up having to fur out the studs to even them out so that they could hang drywall on them. Is this a common problem? I would love to save the plaster since its in excellent shape with no cracks but I can't figure out how to get the vinyl off without ruining the plaster underneath. Thanks so much.


06:46PM | 05/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
The example cited is indeed extreme but old walls do generally need some shimming to straighten them out. normally no more than a day's work. The intimidating job is the plaster removal.

While it is a good thing to do the other improvements, you are really running costs up that way. Here are some suggestions:

Where you see some adhesive, try various solvents to free it loose. be careful of the volatiles like paint thinner that can be flamable.
Or if you have access to dry ice, placing it in contact for a few minutes will make it so brittle that it will chip away.
Plaster can tehnb be repaired where it does flake.


03:52PM | 05/19/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
Would this be a repair that the "average" dry wall contractor could do or should I look for someone that specializes in plaster? Some contractors can tell a good story about how good they are but chances are that they probably haven't done plaster repair. Am I correct in this assumption? I'm afraid I'll hire the wrong company; I'm concerned as to how good it will look after they patch half of my kitchen. (The vinyl is about 4' up the wall). Thanks so much!


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