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Old 01-30-2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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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.

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Is this drywall or plaster and lath?

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sawzall short blade. cut along joists
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Is this drywall or plaster and lath?
It's a drywall ceiling.
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Best Idea...but be sure to remove insulation to check for plumbing
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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.
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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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