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Subject Topic: Removing wallboard Post Reply Post New Topic
12/3/2010 at 3:48pm
 Location: Nr Ashby Leics
 Outfit: 2010 Santa Fe&2006 Swift Charisma 590
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Hi all

We've got an old 1991 Swift Challenger, lovely van, had a full service and damp test before we bought it last year and it was dry but we knocked some off as it had some damp in the past (couple of spongy wallboard sections) which we were fully aware of.

We were happy to live with it last year but now want to do the repair - the van is still dry (12-14% moisture) but we want to try and get the old wallboard off (Elgin A) to use as a template for the new panel and replace anything rotten underneath.

Is removing it in one piece possible or just a pipe dream? !! If not, what's the best way to make the new panel the correct shape?

Any hints greatly appreciated.

Andy



12/3/2010 at 4:21pm
 Location: bacup
 Outfit: 2003 Bailey moselle
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Hi Andy with bonded construction you'll have a job getting the board off in one piece, owing to the way the walls are built the walls are bonded to the frame and insulation using both heat and pressure so there is a good chance it will break up as you remove it plus the fact that the board is probably rotten (spongy board = rotten board). Depending where it is you may be able to reline the wall still not simple task though.
Peter

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14/3/2010 at 6:14pm
 Location: Heysham Lancs
 Outfit: Avondale Rialto 535 5
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Hi, our experience was that the wallboard (dry or moist) wouldn't come off in a piece that could be used as a template.  For a straight forward piece, we measured the section we planned to replace (guided by moisture readings to make sure we were clear of any moisture) then we cut out our new wallboard to those measurements. We offered it up over the top of the old wallboard and carefully scored around it with a very sharp stanley knife.  We cut out the old wallboard up to the score marks and slotted the new piece in place. In other more awkward places, it's a case of cutting out the wallboard first then taking the measurements of the 'hole' plus a couple of mm.  Offer it up and carefully trim it down until it slots in.  This is much more time consuming obviously but a satisfying job when it's done.  Hope this helps!



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