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Old 10-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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Removing crown moulding from plaster


The crown moulding in some of the rooms in my 1908 home could do with an update. The husband thinks that the existing CM could be so adhered to the plaster walls that removing them might take chunks of plaster with it. What do you experts think?

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I think we need to picture to see why he thinks that.
Why does it need up dating?
If it's just wooden crown you just need to cut the paint line before removing it.
An oscillating saw works great for cutting the paint line.

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In the early days of plaster--the crown was often installed over the lath and then plastered in--so removing it could be disruptive---post a picture--perhaps it will come off easily---perhaps a larger crown might be installed right over the top of the existing----
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I suggested building it up but the response I got was "it doesn't work that way".
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is that base molding with 1/4 round ?
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That's what it looks like to me.
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It's that that or the pictures up side down.
That just looks silly, I see why you think it needs "up dating".
If the 1/4 round was removed you may be able to just add a real crown moulding and leave the old base in place so the 1/2 as much work involve with repairs.
Here's some pictures of stepped crown moulding.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ding&FORM=AWIR
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Here it is in another room. Now that I look at it again, I think it's one solid piece. So if it is, it couldn't be added to?
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Could that be plaster crown?

We ran into that one time during a remodel.
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Could that be plaster crown? We ran into that one time during a remodel.
I didn't even know plaster crown existed. How can you tell?
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I didn't even know plaster crown existed. How can you tell?
There will not be any visible joints. Even on the best old wood crown, you will find areas that were spliced, or see the joints opened up at the ends. We were fooled also. One of my guys was instructed to remove a piece (when we thought it was wood), and he came in a minute later and told me he found it to be plaster when he attempted removal.
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Could be time for some exploratory surgery. Find a less conspicuous spot and take a knife to the base and quarter round to see what it is made of. You can always fix the spot with a little spackle.
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plaster crown, interesting. it must be premade, then installed ?

anyway, drill a small hole in that crown to see that it is wood. then see if you like a crown large enough to go right over it. and use the current crown as a nailing base.
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plaster crown, interesting. it must be premade, then installed ?

anyway, drill a small hole in that crown to see that it is wood. then see if you like a crown large enough to go right over it. and use the current crown as a nailing base.
We ended up installing a 3 piece larger wood crown to cover up the plaster. I think they actually formed the plaster crown in place. They scrape it off with a series of knives and then sand it smooth at the end. Never seen it done, but have read/heard about it.

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