For your average DIY fan, even this task is a bit daunting.
Removing a ceiling is a massive job and one that you need to be sure you’re prepared for, as once you start, there’s no quick fix or going back. However, it can be done pretty quickly and efficiently, considering the magnitude of the work. It isn’t a job that needs to take all day or require an entire workforce, so here’s the fastest way to rip out a plaster and lath ceiling safely on your own.
- Sturdy working platform, e.g. step ladder or builders trestles
- Claw Hammer
- The Ripper
- Dust sheets
- Safety goggles
- Dust Mask
- Electric screwdriver
- Clean-up items, e.g. shovel, sweep, dustpan and brush
Step 1: Clear The Area
We’re starting with the obvious, but clear the room you’re working in if you haven’t already. Basic but essential. Lay down your dust sheets as it’s going to get a bit messy. It’s wise also to turn off the electrics at this point as you don’t want to rip through any live wires on this job accidentally.
Step 2: Lighting
Using your screwdriver, remove any light fittings from the room, including the walls; you don’t want anything crashing down and smashing them.
Step 3: The First Layer
Utilising your Ripper, lock it at a 90 degree angle, and using the back of it gently tap it on the ceiling until you make a hole in the plaster. Make sure you never work directly above your head not to put yourself in danger. Once you’ve made a hole big enough to get your Ripper pry bar into, you can start pulling away at the plaster. The plaster should come away in large chunks if the ceiling is old or finished to a poor standard.
When doing this, ensure that the room door is closed, but keep any windows open to help with the dust ventilation.
Step 4: Clean Your Space
We can’t stress enough the importance of keeping this work area clean, especially when the environment will be full of dust! Use your shovel and get as much of the plaster up and off the floor as possible. A frustrating job, but you’ll thank yourself in the long run!
Step 5: Removing The Laths
If you’re only looking to prepare a ceiling for a plasterer, you can skip this step. Usually, you would need to use a pickaxe for this stage, but the Ripper works even better, meaning that you only need to have one tool. Lock the fork of the tool into a 90-degree angle position and slide the fork over a few laths. All you need to do is pull down to remove them. Now using the other side of the Ripper for ceiling nail removal, you can pull the nails out.
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