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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:48 am 
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Hi,

We've bought a 1950 semi which hasn't seen much work over the years and needs complete refurbishment. The house has plasterboard with polystyrene tiles on all ceilings. I've taken down a tile here and there and it looks like they made a good job of gluing them on properly (as opposed to just a dab on the back). We want to take the tiles down everywhere and I've read various guides on how best to do this but given all the work involved (and I assume the damage to the plasterboard) I'm wondering if it would not be better (easier, less time consuming) to just take down the whole plasterboard and put in a new one.

I'm new to this and given that it never seems to be suggested as an option I assume there is a very good reason (cost?) to spend the time to take the tiles down, remove the glue and repair any damage to the plasterboards but I wondered if someone could explain it to me.

Many thanks,
Paul


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:14 am 
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It is a lot of work either way. At least you have a skim coat of plaster under the tiles so in the main the plasterboard should (if it is the substrate) not be too badly damaged from the tile removal part and a skim coat after should put it all right. Now it is difficult to tell if you have lathe and plaster ceilings as 50's properties were on the cusp of the old methods and new in ceilings. If they are lathe and plaster then it is a royal pain and really messy to remove. Plasterboard woudl be easier but there will be hundreds of clout nails to pull or hammer in. Check in the loft to see the top side of the bedroom ceiling to check if they are plasterboard or not. Stripping will be quicker than re-boarding and for both methods you will need a plasterer in to do the skim coats.

I would have a go at the smallest room first to get to grips with it. Buy one of these http://www.screwfix.com/p/harris-jumbo- ... er-6/79050

Good luck with it :thumbright:

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With the house from that time we had a company in to do an asbestos survey (found lots in the downstairs floors...) who also punched a couple of holes in the ceiling where we can see the plasterboard. I just had a closer look at one of the holes and you are right that there is a 2-3mm layer of plaster between the tiles and the board. We'll go with the tile removal then. Thanks a lot!


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