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