Tips for Easily and Effectively Removing Plaster from Walls
Removing plaster from a wall can be a time consuming and tedious home improvement project. However, if you’re willing to put in some effort, this job can easily be completed by yourself. But always be sure to wear protective gear like a face mask, ear plugs, work gloves, and safety eyewear before starting. Firstly, remove all furniture from the room you’ll be working in and use old sheets to protect anything that you cannot move. Place a trash can in the room to collect the debris as you remove it.
Once everything is out of the way, locate your fuse box to the room and turn off the power source to the room. Then unscrew any outlet plate covers located on the walls and set aside in a safe spot. Make sure to check the walls for wiring or plumbing lines so you don’t accidentally damage these items during removal. To support the wall in position, use a drill and screws to attach some 1X2 inch boards around the perimeter of each wall.
Now start to remove the plaster. Using a hammer, carefully break off the plaster from the wall. You can either knock it with force or tap it lightly depending on the situation. Place any pieces that fall off easily into the garbage can. When the room is complete, use a putty knife or scraper to remove all remaining plaster pieces stuck to the wall. Be extra careful to avoid damaging the wall surface while doing this.
Older homes usually have a lath plaster covering on the walls while newer homes have metal mesh underlay underneath the plaster. If there is lath, you can pull them out with a pry bar. For the metal mesh, snip it away with wire cutters.
Once all of the plaster has been removed, scoop up any remaining pieces with a shovel before sweeping any small debris. Finally, use your shop vac to suction away any stray particles from the room. When that’s all done, dispose of the plaster from the garbage can properly and safely.
Removing plaster from a wall can be a messy job, but if you take the proper necessary precautions and follow the steps outlined above, you can complete the job yourself and save yourself the effort and money of hiring a professional.