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post #21 of 36 Old 11-22-2008, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by John in Tennessee View Post
put 1/4 drywall over it.
I'm with John on this one. 1/4" drywall is the way to go.
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i just moved into a new "old" house. the livingroom and both bedrooms were paneling, ugly old stuff. i figured to save money i'd paint over it for now. i guess the few hundred it cost it came out nice, just make sure ya clean it good (tsp) and use a oil based primer, it worked okay but as soon as a get the extra money i'm tearing it all out old plaster and all and putting up new drywall. i was going to go with the 1/4" dry wall gone over the paneling, but i figure if i'm gunna do the dry wall i might as well do it right the first sucks paying the extra cost to tear the old stuff out but it will look so much better. oh also about the TSP i don't know about grease but it made the paneling in my living room so much better from a little scrubing with that stuff and the guy who lived in the house befor us was 92 and smoke a lot and it took the tar off great. hope what ever way ya pick works out for ya but my opinion is "in the long run" tear out and drywall is the way to go..............
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Tear it out...Tear it out...Tear it out.....
I still vote for the tear out. When else do you get to tear stuff up and nobody yells at you for it? Tear it out, clean up the mess. Upgrade the wiring and any old plumbing you expose. Insulate properly and then hang the new drywall. If you don't want to tape it, have someone that is good at it help you. Then you can learn at the same time. I taught my son when he was fifteen. He was cutting the drywall, cutting out outlet holes, etc., faster that I could hang it. When it came time to tape, I bought him his own stainless steel mud tray and let him at it. The only stipulation was that he had to sand whatever he taped. He did a fine job. It's not that hard to learn. Also, TSP is a heavy duty cleaner that's been around for a long time. It is stronger than your normal household cleaners and will take the grease off your cabinets and walls. Just follow the directions on the box when you mix it with water. Wear rubber gloves as it will tend to dry your skin out. Good luck, you can do it..........
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Thank You ALL for the votes of confidence. THAT is what I would really like to do, TEAR IT OUT and re sheetrock the whole place.

Guess that is something I will have to discuss with my wife, and then see how much family and friends I can scrape together after Christmas!

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how much family and friends I can scrape together after Christmas!
Good luck!

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Yeah, TSP is a great product to cut through grease and grim but you got to remember to rinse it all off with clean water so that the primer will stick to the prepped surface.
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We just did a similar job in a living room. We removed the old paneling, which came off very easily because the adhesive was as old as Moses. We installed 1/4" drywall, taped, floated, textured and painted. Came out fine. Don't be afraid of tape and floating, with a little patience, it is really easy to do.

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BH, I do know (kind of) what is underneath the paneling, old dried out plaster and lathe. AND I know in my HEART that removing the paneling is the TRUE way I should go. The fact is I would actually LOVE to tear down the plaster and lathe, (there must be 3 or 4 layers of wallpaper that is dried out and coming loose all over the house) BUT I don't know if I trust my skills to do it. It would actully be to my advantage to tear it out that way I could upgrade the wiring and add outlets that are needed EVERYWHERE. (House built around 1910 - 1920) But as I said I don't know that I trust my skills for a complete gut job. So I guess I am stuck with the paneling, limited outlets, and 70's kitchen. Have to see if I can learn somewhere and go from there!

THANK YOU ALL for your input

Any other suggestions are MORE than WELCOME!
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My first try at wallboard was harder than it had to be, because I used too much mud (and had to sand forever).

For my second try, I hung the wallboard, but hired a contractor to do the mud. I watched while he worked, learned some tips, and have done a bunch of projects since, with fine results.

Hiring a person just to tape and mud was a lot less expensive than I expected. For him, it was a 1-hour job, with no clean-up needed.

At least make a call to see what you'd be charged in Philly. If the price is right, do the job the way your heart tells you that you should!
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TEAR IT OUT!!!.. Covering something does not fix it. Tear it out, skim coat the plaster, prime and paint. Cheaper, easer, and the correct way to do it. Do it right, or do it twice.
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We had paneling in our living room and my wife saw on th HG channel they spackled the cracks in and painted it. I did not want to do that so I waited until she was out of town and started ripping it out. Only to discover that there was nothing under it. She about freaked. I called a drywall guy and had it drywalled and textured it looked like a new room. also put a new floor in while I was at it.
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that is the way to do it. It will always look better when done.
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im for tearing out the panelling and plaster/lathe, get the electrical updated and plumbing checked out, then re hang drywall and and paint it and the house will be bootyfull
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So did he tear it out before xmas?

I would have agreed with the tear it out because, quite frankly, demo is therapeutic.

Newer insulation saves money in the long run. Also correct any framing issues you might find. Fresh, paperless sheetrock is worth its weight.

Not to mention I'd run CAT5 along with new electrical so the whole house is wired for FIOS or U-Verse when it's available in your neighborhood
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what john in tennessee said- 1/4 drywall
but the advantages of tearing out the paneling are
better insulation in the outside walls
update the wiring
change the layout of the kitchen to better suit you
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