Faux Stone for Fireplace Wall: How to Remove

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    LESLIE: Cathy in Ohio is doing some work on a fireplace. How can we help you?

    CATHY: Hi, I have got a rather large, rectangular living room and on the end wall, about 14 feet wide, is all faux stone on a fireplace wall …

    TOM: OK.

    CATHY: … and it really darkens the room up. And I’m wondering if there is an easy way to remove this stone.

    TOM: Well, in terms of easy, the only easy is to paint it. To get it off once and for all is a pretty big construction project, Cathy. What is it on? Is the wall a standard sort of drywalled, framed, wood-framed wall?

    CATHY: I believe it is.

    TOM: Yeah, so what you’re going to end up doing is pulling off the fake stone and pulling off the drywall because you’re going to find that there’s probably going to be a wire mesh behind it …

    CATHY: Correct. OK.

    TOM: … and that’s going to be very difficult for you to get off without destroying the wall. And in fact, it’s actually easier, rather than putting a lot of time into preserving that drywall – drywall is very cheap …

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Just to get rid of it.

    TOM: … it’s easy to replace. I would simply cut it right off the wall, stone and all; go right down to the studs and then redrywall that space.

    CATHY: With like a circular saw or stonecutter or what?

    TOM: Well, you’re probably going to break off – you don’t need a stonecutter. You’re probably going to break off some of the loose stuff at the top and then, with a utility knife, you could slice the tape joint between the ceiling and the wall and just try to work it off in pieces.

    CATHY: OK.

    TOM: I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult. You know, it’s a heavy job; it takes a little bit of muscle, but I don’t think you’re going to find it that difficult to get that off.

    CATHY: OK, wonderful. Thank you very much.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Cathy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.

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