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Old 08-27-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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Guys I've searched for plaster demo and tricks that some of you may have. So I know the whole bust a hole in and pull method but my question is do you think an electric demo hammer with a star or spade bit may be a little less back breaking? Break the plaster off and then fight the wire? Let me know what you think or whatever works best for you guys.

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Old 08-27-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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Haven't had to deal with all wire lath besides the corners. But a Gutster demo bar makes short work of plaster and rock lath.
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Haven't had to deal with all wire lath besides the corners. But a Gutster demo bar makes short work of plaster and rock lath.
I'll have to search for one, where did you find one at?
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I'll have to search for one, where did you find one at?


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Laborer. Did demo on a shower once that was plaster with wire and wood lath... Glad I had someone to take turns on it that day.
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I demo a 40x10 plaster and wire lath ceiling to raise it. Clearly swinging a sledge up is not gonna happen. The best solution i came up with was to use an angle grinder with a segmented diamond wheel to cut the plaster/wire ceiling into 2' x 2' chunks and then ply them off with a crowbar. Be sure to have a row of 2x4s to catch the dropping plaster block because a 85 lbs block dropping 6.5 feet will put holes in your subfloor.

Oh and be sure to have dust control gear with your grinder. Your lungs will thank you.
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I demo a 40x10 plaster and wire lath ceiling to raise it. Clearly swinging a sledge up is not gonna happen. The best solution i came up with was to use an angle grinder with a segmented diamond wheel to cut the plaster/wire ceiling into 2' x 2' chunks and then ply them off with a crowbar. Be sure to have a row of 2x4s to catch the dropping plaster block because a 85 lbs block dropping 6.5 feet will put holes in your subfloor.

Oh and be sure to have dust control gear with your grinder. Your lungs will thank you.
That really sounds like it's labor intensive and slow. A pike pole is great for pulling down a ceiling.
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That really sounds like it's labor intensive and slow. A pike pole is great for pulling down a ceiling.
Not this ceiling, I swung a 4 lbs sledge at it and it just bounced off without a scratch. It's 2" of hard plaster with 2 layers of wire lath throughout. Even after cutting it into 2'x2' pieces, I can hang my full body weight on a piece and it won't budge.
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dont build em like they used to! Even the dang rusty nails are stronger than some new ones.
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The previous owner was a plasterer (go figure). The place is a Sear manufactured home with 2x3 lattice framed walls. I initially thought it had full 2x4 walls because the guy slapped so much plaster on top of it. EVERYTHING is plastered with full wire lath, sometimes doubled up. I think the plaster, rather than the framing is what is holding the roof up.

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