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Old 05-20-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi I am currently trying to decide whether I am going to demo the plaster and lath on my ceilings or go over the plaster/lath with sheets of drywall. I am already demoing the plaster/lath on the walls of the house. Should I save myself time and a little money demoing the ceiling plaster/lath or do it and replace with drywall? Also if I demo the ceilings the insulation from the attic will also come down and need to be cleaned up then replaced.

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:11 AM   #2
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If you already have the mess from the walls you should seriously consider replacing the ceilings too. Unless thay are pristine of course. But even then, will all the other work disturb them......

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I seem to remember a problem with plaster failing over time and adding it's weight above the drywall. Best to remove it IMO

Also Google Vermiculite Insulation Asbestos before you demo the ceiling. The Images are good to see as well
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:51 AM   #4
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Don't forget that replacing the lath and plaster will enable you to work on the wiring in the ceilings and even have those fancy down lights that are difficult to fit into lath and plaster.

At least overboarding using drywall screws is a little better than when we had to use long board nails years ago!

Best get it all out if the house is a 'keeper' though.
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If it was me I would remove it, but it's going to be a LOT of extra work.
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