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Removing Lath and Plaster Ceiling, Part 2.

Part 2: Complete!

In my last post we spent the day removing the plaster from the laths.. And what a mess it created! This time, we were removing the laths from the joists. Instead of the two of us removing the laths (like we did with the plaster) we decided to clean as we go with one of us on the removing part of the job (Grant) and the other cleaning (me). This way, the muck didn't get too out of hand! If you were wondering, yesterdays mess took well over an hour to clean up. Yuk!

It's at this stage of the renovation when I begin thinking "why did we start this?" "maybe we should have just bought a new build house" and "I wonder how much damage this dust is doing to my lungs" etc etc. I think (or maybe hope) every home renovation project goes through this brief stage; for me it's when things get mega dusty. Dust is awful, it just moves through the whole house, and before you know it, it's everywhere! It's not that kind of dust that you find on an ornamental shelf once a month, it's thick dirty never-ending dust. You can hoover in the morning and by evening it's back! When your bathroom looks like this, you reallllyyy don't want that around the whole house! Thankfully we have super-sealed doors when they're shut, so that's stopped it travelling so far. But either way, we've pushed through to the other side - the ceiling is down, the dust is kind-of hoovered and it's onwards and upwards! Things have to get messy before they get better, that's just the way of it. But the messy part, the filthy part is definitely the least fun. It's more like "let's just get this done as quick as possible so it's over with" and then, you relax. I can now relax and enjoy some more 'fun' parts of renovation.

Removing the laths wasn't actually too difficult; the wood's pretty thin, easy to snap, and easy to lift nails from too, we just used a crow-bar. Obviously there was much less rubble involved, but the dust and dirt behind the laths was still insaaane. Black filth continued to cover the entire room, in fact in came down in dust-clumps. Thinking about it, that dust is basically years and years of dead skin, hair, animal, who knows what... all falling down over our heads. Bit of a grim thought really...

But here we go! The laths are down, the ceiling is looking a lot tidier!





We had to remove some fibreglass insulation (which was also disgustingly dusty!) because it was only held up by the laths so would have fallen down anyway. The attic bedroom is above the bathroom ceiling, but towards the exterior wall is 'dead space' which is basically the very narrow and low part of the roof that's boarded off from the attic bedroom because it's not a particularly usable space. I don't know the technical name, but this is where the insulation was, so that needs to go back up to insulate the roof. But maybe with a cleaner newer set. This is also why there's no floorboards towards the exterior wall. You can kinda see the roof in that space in these pics..




Apologies for the terrible photos; the light is now out-of-action and the flash kept picking up all the dust, which is all those little weird circles.. Onwards and upwards though! Next stop is to fit an extractor fan!

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