I think this photo speaks for itself. We have great Dad's and friends.* not photographed- Shelbie, my mom and sister* After a 7 hour day, tearing plaster out of the house, everyone needed a shower and a beer. Here is how the day went...
We decided which walls needed to come out based on either extreme damage to the plaster, or the simple fact that we need to add more insulation in the bedrooms, In my personal opinion plaster walls are beautiful, and it would be nice to keep them if the circumstances were different, and the house hadn't been falling apart for the past 20 years. SO eventually after we add additional insulation, we will put up dry wall and call it a day.
Things I learned about plaster:
- Plaster is freaking heavy!
- Plaster isn't fun to get in your eyes
- Having a "plaster slide" from upstairs is much easier than carrying plaster down the stairs in a garbage can and into the dumpster
- Our house was made with "Horsehair plaster" which means it was literally made using lime putty, sand, water and horse hair. Crazy! It was commonly used back around the time our house was built. It's not used anymore due to the pain in the butt it is to fix cracks in that type of plaster. Jeremy said it startled him to find hair in the walls.... understandable.
My Dad, Jeremy's Dad (Dennis), Sam, Jeremy, Shelbie were able to knock out the plaster walls in the living room, front room, our bedroom (which is basically two rooms), and one of the bedrooms! I was amazed at how much they accomplished. although I didn't knock any of the plaster out myself... I did take on the job of carrying the bags of plaster into the dumpster- with the aid of my trusty sidekick. Heres the contraption that Sam and Jeremy made to slide the plaster out of the house.
Now lets talk about those walls they knocked out... These are the walls after they were taken to plaster heaven.
The front room
So the only rooms left to do are "boy room", laundry room and bathroom, kitchen and some other random walls.