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llsparks

08:36AM | 06/18/04
Member Since: 06/17/04
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I have just purchased a wonderful farm house built in 1901. The entire 1st floor has dropped ceilings. Under these ceilings are the wood lathing... It appears that at one point in time they were to be plaster, but never got around to it.

I would like to remove the dropped ceilings, what are my options for a new ceiling other than plastering?

tomh

09:31AM | 06/18/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
My guess is that there was a plaster ceiling there that became damaged and was removed down to the lath. The suspended ceiling was used to cover at that point.

The lath is fairly easy to remove. Just use a pry bar and pull, then be sure all nails and irregularities are removed or flushed with the ceiling joists. Now you can apply drywall sheets. You should consider renting a drywall lift. It makes attaching the new ceiling much easier. Use 1-1/2 inch drywall screws or ring shank nails to attach the new ceiling. It will then need tape and compound to fill in the seams and nail holes.

You can apply drywall over lath, but there may be irregularities that would cause bulges in the ceiling, so, best to remove it.

Take a look at the drywll procedures on the following link, and dont hesitate to return to ask questions here. http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projects/drywall/drwl_4.htm"


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