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So: taking down old plaster-and-lathe walls with a circular saw, because we’re re-insulating and re-walling a room.

Pro: faaaast.

Con: Insane dust everywhere. I wear a respirator, obviously, but you have to seal the room or you get a layer of chalk dust on every single flat surface in the house. Annoying!

So, listen: for a spark to light a room full of dust into a huge explosion, that dust has to be fairly fine and combustible on its own, does it not? Like wood or coal, as opposed to (just to pick one example at random) Depression-era plaster? Does the fact that my house is apparently insulated with wool affect the outcome? I don’t want to explode.

Did I mention that my house is insulated with wool? It makes me wonder if obtaining building materials in the early twentieth century was some lunatic real-world rendition of Settlers Of Catan, because somebody apparently traded in some brick, some wood and something on the order of three hundred sheep to build my settlement right here.

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  1. Mike Kozlowski

    So are you taking out the studs, too? When we did this as a kid, we used crowbars to pry the damn laths off the studs, which was basically anti-fun.

    (And then my parents made us PULL THE NAILS OUT AND STACK THEM UP FOR KINDLING for the woodstove to heat our house. God.)

  2. mhoye

    Well, if we take the studs out of the wall my best guess is that the entire back third of my second floor ends up falling through my kitchen and onto my furnace. So, I think no. We’re replacing the window too, though, so there’s plenty of leeway for catastrophe to make a dramatic entrance nevertheless.

  3. Mike Kozlowski

    So if you’re just sawing off the laths, don’t they still have bits nailed to the front of the studs? Maybe I’m picturing this wrong…

  4. mhoye

    Since the studs are 16″ apart like clockwork in this building, I do a wall by running a circular saw straight up halfway between them then just levering the lathe off the slats by hand. They zipper right off, I shovel up the debris and done.

    It sure helps that I know there’s no plumbing or electrical in the walls i’m working on, though.