Nov 8, 2016

I’m covered in dust, which can only mean one thing: bustin’ up lath and plaster!

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Supplies:

  • Pry-bar/hammer
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Polytarp-super
  • Duct tape
  • Staple gun
  • Step ladder
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Gloves (I use them, Tom is brave enough to be bare handed!)
  • Masks (it’s really dusty!)
  • Work boots (we wear our work boots any time we’re working, I’ve already been saved by mine twice!)

Taking down lath and plaster isn’t very exciting. We use a pry-bar or hammer to get a hole in the wall and then pry each slat off. The slats burn really well so we keep them all for the fire pit. Plaster and insulation go in the big white garbage bags. Twigs and leaves go in the garbage too. I’m not really sure why they’re in the wall…I’m always worried we’re going to find animals, or even worse, spiders! Tom always deals with cobwebby parts for me 🙂

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Dust gets EVERYWHERE; in our hair, on my glasses, up our nose and in our throats (even with masks) and it floats through to the rest of the house like crazy. We try to clean as we go, but the dust just stays.

We used the staple gun to hang polytarp, in what will likely be a futile attempt to keep too much dust from getting everywhere. We taped the bottom of the polytarp to the floor to really try and seal it off. Now we can work on the rest of the room!

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