As you plan your home remodelling project, regardless of the room you will be updating, chances are pretty good that you will need to tussle with the ceiling at some point. More than likely, you will hire an experienced contractor to handle the residential strip out for you, but for those do it yourselfers who want to save some money and try to tackle the project themselves, here are a couple of thoughts to keep in mind.
The potential for asbestos should be the number one concern of any do it yourselfer during a residential strip out project. It is also one of the primary reasons you should strongly consider hiring a contractor to do the strip out for you. To ensure proper protection, the removal of asbestos requires specialized and expensive safety gear that is used by professionals, and would be considered fairly expensive for anyone trying to save money on a do it yourself project.
Additionally, the removal of asbestos material requires special procedures and handling since asbestos is a carcinogenic, cancer causing material.
Preparation is critical in everything we do, and a residential strip out is how you prepare for a remodel. But, there is even preparation work that needs to be done ahead of the strip out itself. When preparing to strip the ceiling, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:
- Test for asbestos
- Remove everything from the room
- Seal off the room by hanging 2mm plastic sheets from the moulding to the floor (if walls will remain intact)
- Add a window fan to help with ventilation
- Lay down a drop cloth with waterproof backing
The process of a residential strip out is time consuming, labour intensive and hazardous. It is in your best interest to hire a professional to do the work, but if it’s a task you feel you can take on, at least consider consulting a professional first, especially if you think your ceiling could contain asbestos. It is a critical step that will save you much more than money.