May 3, 2011

no go on plaster disposal plans

When we took our leftover cement and cinder block to the recycle center we also brought along a bucket of plaster with us. The point was to ask the center if they would accept the plaster for recycling for free. If they did take it, that would save us bundle of cash on the county dump fees where you are charged by weight. Plaster is heavy y'all.

Good news: They'll take it.

Bad news: They won't take it if it has wallpaper attached.

Dream Killing News: Every inch of our house has wallpaper on top of the plaster.

For about five minutes I debated how practical it would be to scrape off a century's worth of wallpaper from all remaining plaster surfaces of our house before demoing the plaster for recycling. Then I remembered- our old wallpaper seemed to be put up with a permanent sticking charm. No amount of warm vinegar/fabric softener water will loosen the wallpaper's death grip on our walls and this delusional plan of mine shouldn't even be attempted.

So we're back to square one when it comes time demo the rest of our walls. Buckets and paying for the county dump. Fun times.


  1. Your dilemma makes me think of the scene from Sahwshank Redemption, when Andy is dumping the chunks of concrete from his cell wall into the yard, by cutting holes in his pockets. (I hope I'm not the only one who remembers that scene, otherwise I'll feel like a weirdo!)

  2. I'm not sure if you have it in your area, but we just used Baster (through Home Depot) to throw our plaster and other demolition junk into. The Baster is a huge bag that you can buy at the store and then pay a fee online for them to come and pick it up with a dumpster truck/crane whenever you're done filling it. This is the second one we've used (we could have probably filled a larger dumpster but hindsight is 20/20, right?) and we've been please with the timeliness and ease of this system. And you're right....plaster is uber heavy!