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Renovating Copper ceilings

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I just purchased an old building in fairly good shape. It was built in 1887 and has real copper ceiling tile. The problem is that it isn't in the best shape. I would like to take it down and clean it up, make sure the support structure is good and insulate the roof above it (there is at least 3 feet above the ceiling to the roof) with foam insulation.
The questions I have are:
1) How do you take it down without damaging what is good?:eek:
2) Is it possible to clean them up. There is white coating of some kind on the copper. (Yes, it really is copper not tin):thumbup:
Any other helpful hints, guides and DIY input would be helpful.
I do not have the funds to have this done professionally. I am a fairly decent carpenter, metal worker. I just don't want to screw this up. The ceiling is worth more than I paid for the building.
Thanks in advance. :)
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Ron's correct in that these tiles are nailed up, using a round headed copper (in your case) nail. You will have to determine in which direction they ran the tile in order to remove it. Using a "nibbing" pliers, sort of like tile cutters, will allow you to get under the nail heads. Maybe placing a thing piece (1/4") of wood on a tile to pry on will prevent damaging an adjoining tile. Personally--I'd try to remove these and save them. Modern ceiling materials just cannot match these for beauty. Good Luck and post photos of the finished project.
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