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Posted by ASM on March 5th, 1998 07:40 PM
In reply to Investigate - Then decide by Brian Ewing on March 4th, 1998 01:55 AM [Go to top of thread]

Brian, we would certainly love to "save the plaster"!
I do know for a fact that in our living room a
portion of the original plastered ceiling had been
removed. I think the previous owners did this in
order to work on the plumbing from the second floor
bathroom. I also know that a thick, light brown
glue was used to affix the current paneling to
the walls. If we could remove the paneling with
minimal damage we certainly would consider it!
Obviously we are "rookies", but we are willing to
learn. If we can remove the paneling, we'd be
able to save the woodwork too. If we can not
save the plastered walls, and find we must add
the drywall, then we will have to carefully remove
(and refit) all woodwork. Any ideas on what type
of glue is holding the paneling? (They really
used a lot, too!) This might sound funny, but I
know that sometimes certain glue can be heated
(for instance with a hairdryer) and it will become
soft enough that you can remove/move items held
with the glue. (Not that we'd want to try and
use a hairdryer on the entire room, but you get
the idea.) I'm also trying to think of someone
I could possibly take a "glue sample" to in hopes
of identifying the type and a possible solvent.
We really feel (at this point) that adding drywall
is going to be our only option - please, change
our minds if you know another solution1 Thank you
for sharing your knowledge and time. I'm going to
check out - ASM

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