Plaster Ceiling


Old 09-26-05, 01:15 PM
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Plaster Ceiling

The ceiling in our basement is plaster, but it is in pretty rough shape. Eventually we would like to refinish the basement. My question is what to do with the ceiling. Does it make sense to patch and clean up the existing plaster ceiling, or would it be better to take down the plaster and opt for drywall? In addition, typicall how thick is a plaster ceiling? Would drywall provide extra ceiling clearance or would it be pretty much a wash? The ceiling in the basement is about 7' high so every inch counts.
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Old 09-26-05, 06:17 PM
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Tearing out plaster is no easy task. Besides all the dust & mess there is the lath to take care of. It will either be little strips of wood or wire [resembles chicken wire. Depending on the type of lath you could gain as much as 3/8" I would only tear out the plaster if its condition warrants it.

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