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jelly 10-27-2007 12:22 PM

Ceiling Dust Removal
 
I am in the process of removing a bearing wall which divides two rooms. I am removing part of the ceiling so that a temp wall can be installed and I'm discovering there is a half inch thick layer of dust sitting on the top of the ceiling plaster. I shined a light down the length of the joists and I can see clumps of what used to be old mice nests. The ceiling is rock covered with plaster so its a heavy job removing it. Any ideas on how I can remove the dust without tearing out the whole ceiling? It's about 10 feet each way down the joists. (250sq ft)

Before I discovered the dust I planned on going over the old ceiling with new rock. Wondering if I should just leave the dust...

Thanks
jelly

Ron6519 10-28-2007 03:55 PM

A vacuum with a long hose.
Ron

jelly 10-28-2007 05:36 PM

I've pretty much decided I will vacuum it out. Now I need to find a 15 long two inch hose.

scrapiron 10-28-2007 08:43 PM

I think Lowes carries a cheap flexible black plastic hose intended as a discharge hose for sump pumps that might work as a vaccum cleaner hose.

RemodelMan 10-29-2007 12:41 AM

Spray it Down first!
 
Dust is major issue with all of the homes that we deal with. It contains lots of nasty remnants like the droppings and eggs from other uninvited guests.
Even the lowly dust mites are a problem with remodeling that tend to hover for hours or days..

Our simple and highly effective solution is to drag a hose and spray nozzel into the zone that will need to be disturbed. Cover all odf the areas that ought not be wet with plastic tarps. Then set the nozzel on mist and spray all of the exposed tops of the ceiling areas down before you begin deconstruction.


This is an extra precautionary step that sounds like a bit of a hassel, but you will be happy with the results if the ceiling is wet enough to contain the dust in a coagulated soggy form on the floor rather than in your lungs. It also works very well each time you need to knock down plaster walls or clean up piles of debris. It's worth the trouble of shoveling up soggy dirt insead of sweeping/raising the dust.:thumbsup:

jelly 10-29-2007 07:48 AM

Great idea RemodelMan. I will have to get creative with your idea though. Between the joists there's 8 inches- not much space to get 15 feet down to the other end.

Thanks again

Ron6519 10-29-2007 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jelly (Post 70385)
I've pretty much decided I will vacuum it out. Now I need to find a 15 long two inch hose.

Since you're remodeling, cut a few holes in the ceiling and access the run that way. The issue isn't the 15' run, you can link a few hoses together with couplings. You need to push it in the entire length and control it side to side. That's not happening. Open two holes 4' in from each end. You can effectively clean a 4' run.
Ron

RemodelMan 10-29-2007 06:29 PM

Locking Spray Nozzle.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jelly (Post 70486)
Great idea RemodelMan. I will have to get creative with your idea though. Between the joists there's 8 inches- not much space to get 15 feet down to the other end.

Thanks again

Jelly,

you can pick up a multiple spray pattern nozzle from a hardware store.
Most quality brands have a locking feature that allows for a hands free operation, which is ideal for this situation.

Then take Ron's advice and cut a few holes along the length of the ceiling every 4 feet or so, try the shop vac for the worst of the debris then spray along both directions of the joist in each hole until the ceiling is saturated.

jelly 10-29-2007 11:26 PM

Thanks a lot for the tips, much appreciated.


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