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"easy" plaster and lathe removal

Does anyone have any trade secrets on how to remove plaster and lathe? Anything more advanced than the hammer and prybar method would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A. Spruce
Re: "easy" plaster and lathe removal

Unfortunately, a hammer is about the best way to go. Make sure you wear a dust mask and eye protection.:cool:

Re: "easy" plaster and lathe removal

Once you get a hole started in the plaster , use a sidewalk ice scrapper to remove the plaster only. Clean up with shovel then remove lath. It's still a messy job but separating the plaster from the lath first makes clean up much easier.

Hank Bauer
Re: "easy" plaster and lathe removal

If plaster is on metal lath than use a 4 inch side grinder with diamond blade cut only thru plaster and lath.Do not cut more than this depth you may cut into pipes or plumbing.
Use a vac attachment on grinder.
Cut the top of the wall area first than cut bottom area now make a vertical cut from top to bottom do this about 12 inches apart if you are between studs the section will come out plaster and lath. in a ten foot high wall this section of plaster will be about 80 lbs.
Now use a sawsall to cut the lath from the studs.
If the plaster is on wood lath follow the instructions of JLMCDANIEL.

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