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chathamsq 01-30-2007 11:13 AM

Ceiling demolition
 
I have an old drywall ceiling which was not installed well - not level or flat, sagging in places, etc. I'm planning to remove the ceiling in order to install a new one. Is there a methodical way of cutting down the drywall panels, rather than just attacking the ceiling & making a huge mess? Appreciate your tips.

redline 01-30-2007 12:21 PM

Is this drywall or plaster and lath?

RYANINMICHIGAN 01-30-2007 01:49 PM

sawzall short blade. cut along joists

chathamsq 01-30-2007 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by redline (Post 31756)
Is this drywall or plaster and lath?

It's a drywall ceiling.

jbob 01-30-2007 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by RYANINMICHIGAN (Post 31760)
sawzall short blade. cut along joists

Best Idea...but be sure to remove insulation to check for plumbing
and wiring!

AtlanticWBConst. 01-30-2007 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by chathamsq (Post 31752)
I have an old drywall ceiling which was not installed well - not level or flat, sagging in places, etc. I'm planning to remove the ceiling in order to install a new one. Is there a methodical way of cutting down the drywall panels, rather than just attacking the ceiling & making a huge mess? Appreciate your tips.

Nope... attack!!!!


Just rip that sucker down! ....but cover any connecting door-ways with plastic and the floor with drop clothes (dust and mess), use barrels to remove the debris. Punch some holes in the middle and start ripping away with your best tools - Your two hands ... no need for any cutting.

Tmb9862 01-30-2007 11:22 PM

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Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 31785)
Nope... attack!!!!


Just rip that sucker down! ....but cover any connecting door-ways with plastic and the floor with drop clothes (dust and mess), use barrels to remove the debris. Punch some holes in the middle and start ripping away with your best tools - Your two hands ... no need for any cutting.

I agree, the fastest, easiest, and least dangerous to wire and plumbing is to just cover everything and rip it down.

The dust shouldn't be that bad but I would suggest a good (cartrege type) dust mask as well. It's good to have around for other things as well (sanding drywall, sweeping unfinished basement floors, etc). You don't realize how much dust you're inhaleing untill you tap out that filter after a couple dirty jobs.


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