Stripping plasterboard - an easier way

Its unlikely I am the first to discover this hack, but it made life easier, so I post it just in case it helps...
I wanted to part strip a wall of its plasterboard (skimmed, foil backed) which I will be replacing it with tiled Aquapanel - this is adjacent to a new shower bath.
Having knocked the obligatory hole in it, I set about attempting to prise it off the wall now I had access to an "edge". Needless to say it was basically crumbling, and likely to reduce the removed boards to lots of smaller lumps. All in all messy, dusty, and time consuming. I thought it would be much easier if I only had to deal with one section between two studs at a time. That meant I needed an easy way to cut the board in place first.
So I thought I would give the wall chaser a go. Fitted with just one disk, I set the depth of cut to basically just the board thickness. The run a cut floor to ceiling directly over each stud. (the disc sliced thought the occasional clout nail - but that did not seem to bother it. Then did a horizontal cut along the line of noggings. The vacuum on the chaser contained the dust from the cuts.
After that it was remarkably easy to prise free a whole section of board at a time - breaking away from the nails, and coming off in a single lump without too much mess. Took all of ten mins then to strip 2.5m of wall. Then a little bit more time with a nail bar pulling out the fastenings. Not much dust or general plaster board rubble / crumbs either.
(I did think about carrying my 16 odd sections out of the house a few at a at time, but then though why not let gravity do the work - lobbed em out of the 1st floor window onto some grass, then went to collect em with a wheel barrow!)
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One of the jobs a multi-tool with a half moon blade does quite well. Not much dust, controllable and close to the max. cutting depth anyway.
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On 22/01/2018 13:58, Tim Lamb wrote:

Yup, that would work.
Vast difference in speed though - the chaser will slice floor to ceiling in 10 to 15 secs. (and the blade is less easy to damage on a nail)
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