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earthad1 03-28-2011 08:16 AM

Trying to Demo Thick Plaster Walls
A friend of mine has Thick plaster walls and he wants to demo them in order to expand his kitchen.

His question is he wants to know the best method to take it down while avoiding the old sledgehammer approach.

Are there any heavy duty saws or tricks when dealing with heavy plaster walls, or something better that are able to perform this type of demo?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! :thumbsup:

Ron6519 03-28-2011 08:29 AM

The easiest is with a hammer, using it in a controlled way. This can be achieved if the plaster is over perforated plaster lath. These are panels nailed to the wall where the brown and top coats are applied. You make a series of horizontal hammer holes along the wall. Every 32" or so,make vertical holes down the hall. The panels can now be pulled off the walls in manageable sizes.
If you have wood lath underneath, I would take it off in stages. Start from the bottom and hammer the wall. The keys will break off and the wall material will fall to the ground. After all the plaster is off, remove the lath.
Close the room and wear masks, gloves and glasses.
Have a first aid kit handy, for you will bleed.
At the ceiling and wall turns, you might find metal lath. This stuff will cut through leaher gloves, so be careful.

tcleve4911 03-28-2011 08:42 AM

Sawzall with a plaster cutting blade..............

earthad1 03-28-2011 09:43 AM

I've relayed the info to him.

Thanks for the help guys.


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