05:53PM | 04/06/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
26 lifetime posts
My home was built in 1926. There are some large cracks in the plaster walls from sagging joists. The joists have been fixed and I would now like to take care of the walls. I would like to remove the plaster and put up drywall. I realize this would be a good time to update wiring, insulation, etc. I have several questions related to this project:

1. Should I remove the plaster walls or ceiling first?

2. Once removed, should I put up the new walls or new ceiling first?

3. Aside from wiring and insulation are there any other considerations I should make while the walls are open?


06:05PM | 04/06/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
There are much easier and less hazardous and much cheaper ways to accomplish what you are trying to do.

Much easier: Simply cut or bang holes into your existing walls to run new wiring and blown in insulation.

Much cheaper: Once you have re-run utilities and installed insulation simply cover the existing plaster with 1/4" or 3/8" drywall by screwing directly to the studs or lath boards. This reduces demolition and debris removal costs.

Much less hazardous: Since paints before 1978 had lead content any demolition you do to walls in a ca1926 house will reduce you and your family's exposure to lead dust poisoning:

See link:

Otherwise you gut the room, run your utilities, insulate, then install ceiling drywall first followed by walls.

[This message has been edited by homebild (edited April 06, 2003).]

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