Problem with a Basement room
My son bought and old, but well made house built in 1953 in Sweden. It looks like the full height basement is made from cement blocks, then plastered with mortar. We are setting up a woodworking shop in one room and the plaster is just crumbling at the touch. I think perhaps a poor mix or too much water is causing the problem. It’s not wet or even damp in the basement and there are working radiators down there, so it is warm year around. I doubt the original owner did the plastering as he was a house builder and would have known how to do it right. it was probably the last owner who botched the job.
I have some experience with plastering from building my own basements/foundations, but not on a professional level. I think probably the only way to remedy the problem is to remove the plaster and either re-plaster or better yet put up a proper wall anchored into the blocks by using some kind of building glue to hold the studs in place and then platters nailed to the studs/joists.
What advice needed
My son doesn’t have a lot to spend on the basement right now as he has to build a garage, so I am looking for an inexpensive solution or a good temporary fix so we can at least use the wall space until he can afford a permanent renewal. If this is not possible, do you have any suggestions about the easiest/best way to remove the old plaster?
Here is a photo of one of the walls. The yellow color is just paint. Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
-- Mike an American living in Norway