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    Default Best way to cut old horsehair plaster

    I have an ex housing dept home and as I begin to do it up I have discovered it is all the old horsehair plaster. Its horrid stuff to attempt repairs and I have more that needs doing. I would really like to cut it but have so far not found anything that will cut through it (hack through it yes but not cut a cleanish line).....

    what tool do I need to do this?

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    If you are cutting along a stud, use a stanley knife. You need to make a v cut and just cut away

    Or if it is between framing then use a panel saw.

    That is how I do it.

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    A fine tooth panel saw.

    Cheers

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    thanks guys...the whole thing is doing my head in...they are here wish me luck!

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    I'm planning to use a dremel to trim around the rough edges of mine. Good luck, it is a horribly messy job. Just make sure you remove anything dust-sensitive and cover everything else as well as draping plastic sheeting over the closed doors of the room you are working in. Otherwise you will be clearing up dust for the next 10 years...

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    ive heard a few people use 4inch power saw's and run them up the studs, makes a hella of a mess i would assume but get sthe job done super fast.. I'll just use a hand saw and deal with all the mess. good luck with all teh nails

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    it is along the stud (this time) and only about 2 feet or so long so will try the stanley knife tomorrow and hope for the best as I would really like to get it done before the tiler arrives on Thursday.

    On the plus side they got the whole kitchen in today...just have to wait til Friday for the plumber and electrician to come back and reconnect!

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