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04:11PM | 08/18/03
i hope there is someone out there that can help me...i am trying to redo my mothers dining room which is in severe need of remodeling, as i see it, my fist step is to take down the old plaster walls, which are falling down as it is, and replace them with drywall. only problem is, i don't know where to start. it probably is mor complicated than just taking a hammer to the wall. if you can, please tell me how i can take down my walls.


06:35PM | 08/18/03
Member Since: 05/03/03
48 lifetime posts
Well,, for the most part thats what needs to be done,,,taking a hammer to the walls to break the plaster up. BUT ,,,behind the walls you have the wood sections, (lath)'s. You want to remove the plaster but not the lath. This will give you the base for the drywall sections. Hammer the plaster keys or sections to remove it. Start in a section about 2 feet from the corner to see where the lath sections are , and go from there. The other MAJOR concern would be asbestos if its old plaster. Its a VERY VERY messy/dusty job, and you will need a resperator to do it safely. You may want to consider consulting a professional first , if you do want to do it yourself.


05:32AM | 09/02/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
2 lifetime posts
Do you really need to keep the lath? I'm probably going to attempt this same job throughout the entire first floor of my place soon and I was planning on taking the laths out.

Since the plaster in my place is a bit thin (1/4 inch), I thought that taking the laths out would allow me to put in 1/2 inch drywall without worrying too much about door frames and all that junk.

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