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How to prep a room that's just had a wall removed


Hoping you can help, I have just taken down two non load bearing walls (confirmed by structural engineer) to create a larger space. This has left me with a couple of issues/questions...

1. A gap in the ceiling, which I have read is best to screw batten above the plasterboard each side and then screw the new strip of plasterboard to the battens ready for plastering. Is this the best way?
2. On one end where the wall was, is a corner on a brick wall with an angle of over 90 degrees. How can i create a neat corner before skimming?
3. On the ceiling in one of the original rooms there is what I assume plaster mouldings inset of the edge. I would like to keep these if possible as is in keeping with the age if the property. Would a plasterer need these removed before skimming the entire room and if so can they be easily replaced?
4. Is any of this work something that a plasterer would do? I can do it if it's a diy task but time is a bit of a factor.
5. The rooms are paper lined, which I've assumed will need removing before the skim for a better overall finish, but is there anything else I can do to prep, save time or keep cost down?
6. As a separate issue I have removed old tiles from the bathroom ready to tile again and half of the area has had the top layer of plaster disintegrate. The top layer elsewhere and the under layer seem solid. What's the best way to proceed before I tile, can this be reskimmed as is? Only half of the area is to be tiled this time but the bath area is included. The bathroom was last done about 10 years ago and aqua board was used.

Thanks in advance!

Thanks Pride and Joy for the answer, and in response...

1. I have now removed the head plate and this has left what look like slats from lathe and plaster. Can I still do what you suggest without damaging the ceiling?

2. I should have added the angle is governed by the wall going out for a bay window. Any ideas?

3. Great, how can I continue this into the new part of the room?

4. Perfect!

5. Appreciate the advice!

6. Is this something I could tackle? If so any recommendation of waterproofs and ratios?


1 Answer from a MyBuilder Plasterer

Best Answer

1- Cut back the board to half a width of a joist and fix using drywall screws,
much more solid fixing(black)
2- Build out with Sand and Cement until it's just under 90 degress, then apply thincoat bead
3- They do not have to be removed
4- Yes all a plasterers work.
5- Just try and make sure the room is clear for the plasterer, I would leave the prep to them, the right prep is very important to a good job so it may be best to pay a little more but have piece of mind.
6-I would personally not put plaster back on the walls, instead remove flaking plaster and use Sand and cement with waterproofer, bring it out so it is the same level of the solid plaster and you'll be fine (avoid bonding and hardwall in room with high moisture)
Hope this helps


Answered 18th Apr 2017

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