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Removing Lathe and Plaster wall

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by fatmcgav, 7 Jan 2019.

  1. fatmcgav

    fatmcgav

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    Afternoon all...

    I'm in the process of renovating our master bedroom in advance of baby #2 arriving.

    As part of that, I've stripped all the walls back to plaster, as there was 3 or 4 layers or paper/paint in places...

    Unfortunately, that has unearthed what feels like some pretty warn out lathe and plaster... Multiple areas feel loose, and there is quite a bit of pitting etc... Not surprising tbf, as this hasn't been replaced in the last 30 years atleast...
    E.g.
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    So I'm thinking that the best course of action will be for the entire lot to come down - Thankfully it's only one wall though, so ~12m2, including the door opening...

    Before I go and hack it all off though, I thought I'd check what the best course of action is...

    Can I just remove the existing plaster and lathes and then plasterboard onto the existing studs, assuming they're sound?
    Or should I be planning to remove the entire wall including both sides of lathe and plaster and replace with a new stud wall and plasterboard?

    The other side of the wall is the landing, so I'd like to avoid disturbing that if at-all possible...
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    Thoughts?

    Cheers
    Gavin
     
  2. Tigercubrider

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    you won't believe the mess that removing a lathe and plaster wall makes.

    Is it all that bad? a decent plasterer could plaster/skim it if you remove the loose bits and tack the lathes back.
    Covering the door with a polythene airlock and gently removing as much by hand, bagging asap will keep dust down.
     
  3. fatmcgav

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    Yeh, the mess is a recurring theme I'm seeing...

    I reckon from that hole, there's probably a 1 meter by 1 meter area that feels pretty loose, plus some damage along the skirting line etc...
    I had the same thought with putting a door airlock on to try and limit any dust escape into the house... Luckily there's a big opening window in the room which should allow the dust to go somewhere...
     
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    If it was me, and I'm no expert, I'd be tempted to fix 9mm plasterboard on top of the existing lath and plaster, then get it skimmed (unless that causes problems with architrave and the like...)
     
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    Existing studs should be fine. Fix over the top if you can. I took a house back to brick for a customer 2 years ago and the plaster and lath made a right mess. I was having long long showers to get the dust off despite full ppe and disposable suit.
     
  6. fatmcgav

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    Haven't updated for a while, but things have moved on significantly since...

    In the end, the hole ending up about 50cm across, so just too much to patch...
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    So I bit the bullet and just ripped the lot down...

    Taking the plaster off wasn't too dusty, as long as I didn't just let it smash on the floor:
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    The clean-up was the worst part, sweeping and bagging everything...

    The end result was a van full of crap to run to the tip:
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    Then began the process of boarding out, with a bit of electrical 1st fix thrown in aswell:
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    Mostly boarded:
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    Unfortunately the difference in depth between L&P and new Plasterboard left some large gaps in the 2 corners, so used some hardwall to fill those...
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    And today the plasterer has been in and skimmed the wall... And it looks great...

    Haven't got any pic's yet, but will get some up at some point...

    Cheers
    Gav
     
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