If you remember back at the beginning of the year I did a post on our home goals for 2013. First up on the list is our basement bathroom. Right now we only have one for all six of us! But before we can do any of the fun stuff, we had to get down and dirty!
The pipes are original to the house (1938) and have holes. They need to be replaced. In order to replace them we needed to tear down the ceiling so the plumber can access them. Our ceiling is made of lathe and plaster.
We wore shower caps (makes clean up faster for our hair), safety glasses, leather gloves, thick soled shoes, and a mask.
Next time I would probably wear a long sleeved shirt because I ended up with a few small scratches. It wasn’t a big deal but a long sleeved shirt would have helped. We always stand to the side when tearing down a section so we didn’t have issues with it falling on our heads but it might be a good idea to wear a hat as well.
(The outside was dark grey but the inside was white!)
This is what lathe and plaster lookS like in case you have not seen it before:
We used a crowbar and hammer to remove the ceiling. The lathe (the boards) is held on by tiny nails. Once you pry one end off you can pull the rest down. The plaster will come off in chunks with it.
Be careful where you step because not only are the ends of the lathe pointy but they may have nails in them.
We worked slowly and methodically because of all the pipes and wires. The plaster got thrown away and the lathe got added to my ever growing wood pile. I swept up what I could and then used the shop vac to get the rest of the dust. We had the whole thing done in a few hours.
Sometimes progress isn’t pretty. But hey, it’s progress, right?
What is the dirtiest job you have ever tackled? I would love to hear!