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If you do find asbestos present, don’t panic, as long as you don’t disturb it, it’s fine, but if you want it removed, there are only a few solutions: Sweep Up Smaller Pieces: After you’ve removed the larger pieces, sweep up the smaller pieces of debris. A stiff-bristle broom is particularly effective for this. Be careful to collect any nails or other sharp objects. Whichever method you choose to remove or cover your artex is totally up to you, but as we have mentioned, if you are in any doubt whether it contains asbestos, get it tested so that you know for sure. You can’t strip artex containing asbestos off using a steamer! Removing Artex Using a Steamer Prepare the Area: Just like with the plaster and lath removal, you’ll want to prepare the area by moving furniture, covering surfaces with dust sheets, and wearing proper safety gear.

Once all of the joints and screw heads have been filled you can then decorate the plasterboard. In most cases this will involve painting but you can also wallpaper it. Once mixed you can start laying it on the wall. This is done using a hand held board called a hawk and plasterers trowel. No more than two trowel fulls should be placed on the hawk at any one time. Work in sections, applying the plaster as you go and taking off any real hard lines and lumps between sections as you lay them on, but don’t worry about getting it totally smooth at this point as it’s the second coat that will be smoothed. Plastering is very hard work indeed. Mostly because of the speed it has to be carried out at & also because it involves a lot of body movement. Please make sure you have divided the room onto manageable areas. You really do only want to do this once

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This can be a time-consuming job. Therefore, it’s quite common to just break the board and replace them. It will save time and sometimes it is just the easier option. If you have a hole saw you can simply cut the wood around the nail, again if you have located the nails in the board. You can then use a screwdriver and pliers to pull out. Another option is to use a multi tool with a small saw blade and cut through the skirting board both sides of the radiator pipes. Then you can gently prise away the skirting with a crowbar. This can be left to dry, which will only take about an hour or so depending on the ambient temperature. As mention in the intro, My dining room plaster definitely required replacing for two main reasons: Leave it to dry fully, which may take 24 hours or so and once done you’re ready for the final stage.

As we’re working on the ceiling, a ladder is needed to access the artex comfortably and safely. It’s up to you where you start to but generally it’s best to start in a corner and work your way across the room.

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Once ready to scrape, hold your scraper as flat to the surface as you can and then simply scrape the artex off in strips. Work your way over your patch until clear. Once full of water, plug it in and switch it on. It will take around 5 minutes to get up to temperature. You will know when steam starts to come out of the steam plate (the bit you hold on the wall). This means its not as common to find skirting screwed too stud walls. Although it certainly does happen. Conclusion Before using a wallpaper steamer it needs to be prepared and this means filling it with clean water up to the max fill line on the tank and then screwing the lid on fully.

Their flat top gives you an edge to work to and finishes flush with the surface of the plaster. When decorated they are not visible. Repeat this process all the way over the remaining area, stopping periodically to clean up as too much mess on the floor can be a hazard.

Methods for Removing Artex

Most of the time you should be able to fix full boards but as you get to the end you will have to make cuts. See our project here on cutting and fixing plasterboard for more help When you've traced all the known cables, scan your detection tool horizontally along all the walls, just to make sure you've not missed any. Wide metal spatula - (for scraping the walls down afterwards, so an old one that you're not too bothered about would be best)

If you have plastered up to and around any corners these will need to be defined, including any areas where the new plaster butts up to another surface. To do this you will need to use a soft, wet half-inch paint brush. The lath can also be quite sharp, especially if it splinters as you’re removing it. This is another reason why it’s important to wear sturdy gloves during this process. Clean As You Go

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Remove Nails or Screws: Once you’ve pried off a section, there may be nails or screws left in the wall studs. These can be removed with a claw hammer or a screwdriver, respectively. Dust Surfaces: The dust from plaster and lath removal can settle on every surface in the room, including windows, ledges, and any furniture or fixtures that couldn’t be removed. Use a damp cloth to wipe down these surfaces and remove the dust. Make sure you have covered the entire surface. Untouched areas will produce plastered areas that will be hard almost as soon as the plaster touches them! The aim is to move any high spots into any low spots. Holding your trowel with the edge touching the wall at 45 degrees, apply some slight pressure as you push it over the surface. Not too hard as you don’t want to pull the plaster off the wall.

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