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How to remove plaster walls


Step 1. Shut off the power and inspect the wall for wiring and plumbing. Mark the wall area to be removed by. Apply a double layer of masking tape along the outside edge of each cutting line.

 

Step 2. Score each line several times with a using knife, using a straightedge as a guide. scored lines should be at least 1/8 deep.

 

Step 3. Beginning at the top of the wall in the center of the planned opening, break up the plaster by striking the wall lightly with the side of a hammer. Clear away all plaster from floor to ceiling to within 3" of the marked lines.

 

Step 4. Break the plaster along the edges by ‘iolding a scrap piece of 2 x 4 on edge just inside the scored line and rapping it with a hammer. Use a pry bar to remove the remaining plaster.

 

Step 5. Cut through the lath along the edges o the plaster, using a reciprocating saw or jigsaw.

Step 6. Remove the lath from the studs, using a pry bar. Pry away any remaining nails, and remove any vapor barrier and insulation.

 

 

 

 

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