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Old 01-29-2011, 11:25 AM   #16
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thanks so much GBR! you are like my angel on here :P i just realized-do i have to worry about asbestos in the plaster?

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Old 01-29-2011, 11:27 AM   #17
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whatever it is, it will still come down the same way, messy

just minimize the mess as other stated above, sometimes works easier to cut into smaller pieces before you start ripping it down, with a sawzall (just be careful of pipes and wires), so your not ripping it apart piece by piece.

probably good to wear a dust mask, etc.
a sawzall is the same as reciprocating saw right? can i substitue a circular saw instead
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:31 PM   #18
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You have to be very careful not to cut the joists or wires with a saws-all (recip.). I use a jigsaw with a shortened blade. Wearing goggles, cut a jig blade so it only cuts the thickness of the material on the down-stroke (farthest) away from the motor. Hold it with pliers, cut it with aviation (tin) snips or another pair of pliers (harder to get exact length. I pull it from the ceiling with only a knife cut around the ceiling/wall joint if it all comes down...

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You have to be very careful not to cut the joists or wires with a saws-all (recip.). I use a jigsaw with a shortened blade. Wearing goggles, cut a jig blade so it only cuts the thickness of the material on the down-stroke (farthest) away from the motor. Hold it with pliers, cut it with aviation (tin) snips or another pair of pliers (harder to get exact length. I pull it from the ceiling with only a knife cut around the ceiling/wall joint if it all comes down...

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i dont have a saws-all anyways, so i was considering using my circular saw, since thats not too deep. you are saying to just cut around the perimeter or the ceiling/wall then pull it down?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:58 AM   #20
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Score the paint and tape around the corner of the ceiling. Knock a hole big enough to get your arm into, up to the shoulder and begin smacking the back of the drywall with the palm of your hand. Work your way along the joists and the stuff should come off in very managable chunks. Less dust than cutting with power saws and less likely to break pipes/cut wires.

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Old 02-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #21
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It will make a mess either way, just tape off, blow out and have fun! A circular saw will work, and you'd think it would be ideal since you can set the depth as appropriate. HOWEVER, have you ever tried to hold one above your head? It's not as simple as it sounds and dangerous to boot. Play it safe, grab a hammer and make a mess.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:19 PM   #22
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well at this point i think its more plaster than drywall, so i cant just reach up and hit it with my palm from above...unless i am superman

you are right circular makes sense in theory but having it over my head is probably not the best idea.....da it!

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Old 02-13-2011, 11:54 PM   #23
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so day one of demo-the circular saw worked well at first. but what i did not realize was that since i am holding it over my head, the dust instead of falling to the floor is falling down into the saw itself. after a short while it got stuck in the saw and grinded the gears, so it wasnt spinning right. so i ended up going to hiome depot and picking up a riciprocating saw. will update next weekend with the recip. saw! thanks for the advice everyone.

and the dust and mess is unbelivable.
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So an update: turns out the recip saw works best. don't use a circular saw!. A good ole' hammer works very nicely as well. The amount of dust is insane

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