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    Default Saving Old Plaster Crown Moulding

    We have an 1840s Victorian that we are remodeling. The living room has very elaborate plaster crown mouldings, that we want to save (all in good condition). The question is related to removing a wall behind the lathe and plaster crown. We want to remove the wall, put a header behind the plaster and create an opening between the hall and living room. The plaster has been removed completely on one side, exposing the lathe and studs, and removed up to the crown moulding on the other side. The crown on the other three walls will remain intact. If we cut the studs and run the header below the crown it would create an opening that is too low (lower than desired). I found a product called NuWal, but not sure if it would provide the stabilization and strength needed. Anyone have any experience or idea on how to accomplish this task?

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    Default Re: Saving Old Plaster Crown Moulding

    It can be done but I dont know how to explain it to you.
    Find a plasterer he would be able to save it or reproduce it. Not a drywall finisher a plasterer and ask if he knows how to do this. Most union plasterers should.

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    Default Re: Saving Old Plaster Crown Moulding

    Quote Originally Posted by td02131 View Post
    We have an 1840s Victorian that we are remodeling. The living room has very elaborate plaster crown mouldings, that we want to save (all in good condition). The question is related to removing a wall behind the lathe and plaster crown. We want to remove the wall, put a header behind the plaster and create an opening between the hall and living room. The plaster has been removed completely on one side, exposing the lathe and studs, and removed up to the crown moulding on the other side. The crown on the other three walls will remain intact. If we cut the studs and run the header below the crown it would create an opening that is too low (lower than desired). I found a product called NuWal, but not sure if it would provide the stabilization and strength needed. Anyone have any experience or idea on how to accomplish this task?
    Yes it can be done.
    If i understand it correctly you need the lowest part of the cornice to be the header height.
    First I would order the following product Big Wally,s Adhesives get the contractor pack.
    While waiting on the adhesive drill counter sunk holes in the cornice about 1-1/2 inches Dia. 1/2 inch deep spaced about 8 / 10 inches apart than drill a hole say 3/16 inch Dia thru the cornice to the stud or existing top nailer plate use a stainless steel washer 3/16 center hole and a screw length as required to hold cornice to wood framing.If possible use half the screws and washers in the wall and half in the ceiling.alternate the screws.
    When you get the adhesive inject it in the back side where the lath is exposed.drill small holes in lath than inject after injection is complete sung the screws thru the cornice DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN just pull up tight.For added support during construction have some EPS board cut to match the Cornice profile
    Use the existing profile as the positive EPS will be the negitive
    So if the cornice is 8 inches on the ceiling and 8 inches down the wall you will need a block of EPS board 10 inches square.
    With negitive cut out install the EPS over the cornice use a 1 X 4 with screws the length required to hold EPS to wall or ceiling.
    At this time the cornice should be secure.
    Make sure that when you remove any wood framing on the back side of the cornice that no Fastners are in to the cornice where framing is to be removed. Keeping mind that you cannot use any existing framing to hold cornice that you plan on removing.
    When header is in place remove EPS block install washers and screws as above and replasrer existing bottom of cornice to new work.
    No problem Piece of cake.

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