To Repair or Remove Plaster Ceiling

Old 06-29-12, 12:46 PM
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Unhappy To Repair or Remove Plaster Ceiling

All 3 of my bedroom ceilings and walls are plaster and the ceilings are all cracked with wave-like rumples across the ceiling; and the walls are beginning to do the same. I would like to remove the plaster ceilings and install sheetrock this weekend. My brother-in-law who will do the work, tells me it is a big job to remove the plaster from the ceiling. The bedroom is 152 sq. ft. He suggests that we repair the plaster. Does anyone have a suggestion on how best to proceed? And how do we do this? Help. Miss Stressed.
Old 06-29-12, 01:12 PM
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He's right, it is a big job. That said, it might be the right way to go anyway. What about screwing drywall over the plaster?
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Is there attic space [insulation] above the ceilings?

As long as the plaster is sound [no big areas loose or falling off] it's probably less work to repair the plaster than to hang and finish new drywall. I'm not well versed in plaster products but setting compounds like durabond work well when repairing plaster.
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The mess of removing the plaster is unimaginable. Plaster can be repaired. About how old is the house? Do you know what kind of lath you have? If the ceilings are wavy it might be better to put new drywall over them. Try pushing the plaster back into something close to flat then screw it up before you put up new drywall.
Can you show us some pictures?

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The mess of removing the plaster is unimaginable.
Not only that, the framing behind the plaster and lath is usually way out of alignment. It didn't need to be aligned if the smoothness was going to be achieved in the finishing.

If you have any areas that are loose enough that you'd like to tighten them up before screwing the drywall in place, you might want to use a plaster washer to provide more connection and support.

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