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    Default Plaster Ceiling

    I need to remove a plaster ceiling and leave the lath in place. How can I remove the ceiling that adjoins plaster walls without damaging the plaster walls ?

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    Default Re: Plaster Ceiling

    Not possible. The plaster is "keyed" into the lathe and cannot be removed without removing the lathe itself.

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    Default Re: Plaster Ceiling

    Saw cut where you need the plaster to seperate.
    To remove the plaster and leave the lath use a hammer an brake the plaster away from the lath once you get an area started it should be no problem.It will be a dirty job.

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    Default Re: Plaster Ceiling

    Thanks -- I am OK with getting the plaster off and leaving the lath. I've done that before. My real problem is the meeting of the ceiling and the wall. The wall is also a plaster wall and has wallpaper on it. I want to prevent damage to the wall. So I want to remove the ceiling cleanly without cracking the plaster on the wall. Any ideas for that ?

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    Default Re: Plaster Ceiling

    You can cut along the change in plane with a grinder or sawzall. If your house is post-1920 there will probably be a piece of expanded metal lath bridging the joint, which will have to be cut thoroughly to avoid pulling down the walls. There will be some damage to the wall. A crown molding should cover it. Tape plastic to all the wallpaper to avoid soiling, maybe lean sheets of foam board against the wall to prevent damage from falling debris.
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    Default Re: Plaster Ceiling

    Thanks -- that's helpful information. Luckily I have another room at my house that I can practice in with similar conditions -- so I'll give it a try.

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