How To Save the Molding on a Lath and Plaster Remodel
by Troy Scott
Refinishing Wood Moldings
I am buying a 1920's carpenter style house, it has beautiful wood trim but the lath and plaster is in bad shape and needs to be removed for wiring, plumbing, and insulation updates.
If I remove the molding, the 3/4" plaster and 1/4" lath, and install 1/2" sheetrock,
my moldings will be to short if I don't destroy them during the removal.
I could shim the walls out then sheetrock it, but in my experience the plaster isn't a consistent thickness.
I guess I could shim out plenty, cut my trim to fit, but I'm back to... If I don't destroy the moldings during removal.
I also thought of cutting the plaster 6 or 8 inches off the trim, removing the plaster, then shimming the studs to run flush to the remaining plaster, and mudding the joints.
What do you think?