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Old 02-04-2011, 04:57 PM   #16
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ceiling drywall can be done with 1 person and a lift/deadman, however it isn't fun (wait, is any drywall fun?) rent a lift if you can.

Brandon (who has to go home and finish mudding, sanding, priming and painting and trimming the new bedroom before super bowl party on sunday - ahhh no sleep for me)

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Old 02-04-2011, 04:59 PM   #17
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Never used one personally. There are many on this forum who have and I'm sure will reply. I'm actually considering getting on myself. As I get older and am taking on more repair type jobs that I really can't justify a helper for a full day, I figure it might be worth trying....
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #18
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Sounds like Brandon's got his work cut out. Better use that setting compound.....
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:57 PM   #19
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haha i got most of it done... new bed set for the little guy never showed up so we couldn't pick paint out for the room... so i got it all mudded, sanded and primed....oh well. and now the wife wants to repaint the whole downstairs too! sick of the colors i guess. my work is never done me thinks hahah

no, i just used dust control all purpose compound. but i was up until about 3-3:30 friday and saturday nights... ugh. can't do that anymore and get up early like i used to. i'm too slow to use a setting compound. when i'm done it looks damn good, i am just not very efficient at it.

party went well, except that the packers won.
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Hey everybody I just found out that I have to do a temporary patch and paint job to these plaster walls so to make the bank happy. I haven't done any work on plaster walls before just drywall. What is the best and cheapest way to patch up the walls shown in the photos so it looks "livable"?

I have to get them fixed this Saturday.

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:57 PM   #21
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What photos???
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:29 PM   #22
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Sorry about that... the photos didn't load before.
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Use Durrabond---That's the dry bag mix----comes in--5--20 --45--and 90 minute set--

Use the blue top bucket (light weight) for the final coat (much easier to sand than durrabond)

The drywall lifts are great--especially for the inexperienced hanger.---Mike---
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Some great advice up there psubaron,

Re, getting boards up to the ceiling. I think that the lifts are a good idea for diy, as you dont want any gaps, which can throw out the whole ceiling. They give you plenty of time to juggle into place and fix too.

Otherwise, I use a "dead man" prop as do may pros caught short handed! Use as a pair for easy job.

The only other thing I can point to is this guide to removing or replacing lath and plaster ceilings which will give anyone pause for thought, it really is that dirty!

We tear out and sometime repair loads of lath and plaster in the UK, and if I dare say so, it looks to be an even dirtier job here because our laths are split or riven which seems to break up the plaster more on removal.

Guess that I would have to lend a hand on a stateside job to find out (free working holidays gratefully accepted, lol!)

Hope its going well!
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Did somebody say demo is messy?

The pics below show the pile that fell from my ceiling when I pulled it down in one room, and the other shows my arm with dirt adhered to sweat - with a clean hand which had been covered by a latex glove for contrast.
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Big job, first thing, get yourself a roll-off dumpster, put it in the driveway as close to the hose as possible, yes they are expensive but you will fill it with all that you have to remove.

Make sure you get yourself some good breathing masks too, that dust is nasty, talking through experience.

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Thanks everyone. Great advice.
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i just demoed part of the bathroom ceiling. it was messy to the messy power. unbelievable. i had on goggles, gloves and mask. make sure you cover the floor well to make clean up easier
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Around here Lowes and HD both sell "Bagsters". For a small bathroom demo, it should be enough. They're 4'x8'x30"tall = 3 cubic yard (good for up to 3000 lbs.). The bag costs around $30.00 to purchase. The last one I had picked up was $120.00 if I recall. Even a small (say 15 yard) dumpster is probably $250.00, so unless you want to do some additional "spring cleaning" you'll save a few bucks.
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I will wear a bunny suit (coveralls) and a mask for lead and asbestos.
That only protects YOU...and only for the duration of the demo. The lead rules are for protecting future inhabitants.

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