How to Remove Horsehair Plaster
Horsehair plaster is popularly found in older homes, but because of cracking issues, many people opt to replace it with more sturdy options from modern times. If you wish to remove this from your walls, follow the guide below.
Step 1 - Turn Off Power Supply
There is often a lot of wiring in horsehair plaster, and the last thing you want to do is electrocute yourself. Turn off the power supply to the wall you will be removing plaster from.
Step 2 - Remove Wood Trim
Use your pry-bar or a similar tool to remove wood trim surrounding the plaster. Be careful with it if you plan to reuse it. Otherwise dispose accordingly.
Step 3 - Find the Studs
Use a stud finder to locate all the studs along the plaster. Mark those with your marker for reference. Also mark any outlets or other issues you may have to worry about.
Step 4 - Setup the Room
Put drop cloths down on the floor, and then tape them to the ceiling so that they hang down and shield the area. A lot of dust will be flying around, so you want to minimize where it goes.
Step 5 - Make Yourself Safe
Be sure to put on your goggles, mask and gloves prior to working. Safety is crucial here as you do not want to inhale excess dust that could lead to respiratory problems. If you have such problems anyways, you might want to avoid this project entirely.
Step 6 - Drill Starting Holes
A few inches away from the stud, drill a starting hole with your 1/2 inch bit. You'll want to work in sections, so just try one part at a time.
Step 7 - Cut out the Section of Wall
Put your reciprocating saw in the hole that you made and cut out the section of plaster. Try to make the cuts somewhat neat just so everything peals away easily.
Step 8 - Pry the Plaster off the Wall
Use a pry-bar to pull the plaster off the wall, starting from the ceiling. If a piece breaks, just continue prying and pulling until everything has come off. Use the reciprocating saw on the horsehair plaster if the section seems too big.
Step 9 - Finish Taking off the Horsehair Plaster
Repeat the steps above for every section of the wall. If there are some nails remaining in the wall, use the pry-bar to remove them as well. Check for any pieces that may remain and pull off accordingly.
Step 10 - Clean Up
Throw away all of your plaster, and then carefully roll up your drop sheets. Try to contain as much dust in the cloths as possible. Vacuum the area thoroughly and then take down the sheets hanging from the ceiling. Vacuum once more to get up any dust that may have fallen from the ceiling cloths.