Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Take Down a Ceiling - The Safe Way | #PBJreno

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.




It's raining...ceiling insulation and plaster!


One of the messiest stages of our kitchen renovation has been this part of demolition - taking down the ceiling. Up until then we've been able to get away with wearing respirators, gloves and protective eyewear... But for this phase of the demo - we amped our up protective gear to full blown space suits.

Just a quick before of the ceiling... it was plaster with a popcorn finish.  We wanted to just take it all down and put up a brand new flat surface ceiling to give the kitchen all-over update.  Yes, we could have scrapped off the popcorn and refinished it but with the material being plaster... and since we're redoing so much electrical work and fixing their bad electrical work it's easiest ultimately to just get everything open and to the bare bones.




We ordered coveralls from 3M because we wanted to protect our bodies, heavy duty respirators and full safety eyewear because we knew we were going to get COVERED in insulation.



Those bad boys worked REAL well!

Most of the plaster came down really easy, we'd be able to pull on the edge and a big sheet would come down... along with gallons and gallons of insulation.

taking down a ceiling | PBJstories.com

taking down a ceiling | PBJstories.com

After we'd pull down one or two big chunks of ceiling we'd just use a big shovel to clean up the pile insulation and bag it.  I believe by the end of the ceiling we had 11 big black garbage bags full of ceiling debris.

taking down a ceiling | PBJstories.com

taking down a ceiling | PBJstories.com

taking down a ceiling | PBJstories.com

Does that picture make you cough just thinking about all that dust?!  AGAIN... if you do this project do NOT go lightly on protective gear!

Once we got everything cleaned up, we shop vacuumed the supports and the spaces we could reach to remove any extra debris.  We left a lot of the insulation that was to the side of the kitchen, and tucked back in the little edges.  We didn't want to remove any unnecessary insulation since that's something we have to replace anyways.  We shoved cardboard up along the sides of the back and side wall where there was still a lot of insulation so when we were continuing to work in the space insulation wouldn't keep falling down.  Overall the project took us about 3 hours with clean up time too.



 Here's a few of the products we used:
  • 1 each 3M Half Face piece 6000 Series Respirator
  • 1 pair of 3M Particulate Filter 2091, P100
  • P1003M Coverall
Additional 3M™ Safety Products: 
3M Paint Sanding Valved Respirator (we've used this during all other stages of our demolitions)
3M ForceFlex Plus Safety Eyewear
(these too, super comfortable!)
3M SecureFit Safety Eyewear

3M Professional Hearing Protector

3M Disposable Earplugs
Some tips for this type of demolition:
  • Be prepared with your protective 3M safety gear - it is DUSTY and MESSY
  • Have a large shovel and plenty of garbage bags ready
  • Work slowly and don't let the insulation/debris build up so much you cause extra dust to circulate in the air. Do little bits at a time, clean up, seal the bag. Move on.
  • Seal off the room you're doing this in so dust doesn't move into other areas of the home.
  • Shut off your heating/cooling air ventilation system - otherwise that debris/dust will just get sucked into the vents.  It's even good to cover your air vents in the room, and surrounding rooms.
  • After your project is complete, replace your air filters with new fresh ones to help clean out the air better.
  • *Remember it's best to replace your air filters more often during renovations!*

    Check out the video too for more safety information and tips!
You can get more DIY safety tips and ideas from 3M DIY website and social media channels:


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