Removing Plaster

Here's how to remove old plaster when starting a remodeling project. Have professionals remove any old electrical connections and gas piping. Wear eye protection, mask, and gloves. First, remove the plaster using a flatbar. Then remove the old lath with a hammer-. Haul out the plaster and bundle up the lath for efficient disposal.
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Measure Twice

Measure Twice

Attention, demolition crews! When summoned to demolish a house, don't rely on GPS coordinates. And be sure to contact the owner. You'd think this would be standard protocol, but apparently one crew in Carroll County, Georgia did not follow this…

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Quiz Time

Quiz Time

Quick quiz: How long would your home stand if you walked away from it tomorrow? According to Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us, a wood-framed home will stand approximately 125 years before it did not exist anymore. This…

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Demolition Don’t

Notice to all contractors: When demolishing a house, make sure you have the right one. A Russian woman in Nizhny Novgorod returned to her home to find it leveled. "There was nothing left," she said, "not even a log." She's…

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Contain Your Workspace

Contain Your Workspace

When it comes to containing dust on construction sites, more often than not it's a jerry-rigged affair. In my experience, it usually consists of some tarps haphazardly nailed or taped in place and held down with whatever weights are lying…

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Home Demolition Checklist

Home Demolition Checklist

Most remodels require some demolition. Before you get started, set up a project timeline. Use the checklist below to keep track of meetings, approvals, permits, structural considerations, shutoffs, disposal and incidentals.
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