Our temporary braces are gone!! When the contractor came by to help put up the temporary wall for our job, he raised the dining room ceiling as well. Apparently, plaster starts to sag over time, since it's so heavy. So, our dining room table was pushed back close to the wall to make room for the bracing. The contractor came back yesterday and showed my hubby what to do in the attic and helped him brace the ceiling up. Apparently, you can use a beam to hold up your ceiling, or you can use a beam in the attic to tie the ceiling UP. So, that's what we did for the dining room. I'll update with pictures tomorrow.
We were able to move the table from the wall and I had LEG ROOM, people. :) It was great! That was part of the whole purpose of this. Originally, the dining room archway limited the dining room and no-one had much room.
Today, we are working on getting the columns cut and attached to the beam. Hopefully, we will be able to get one or more up today and I can attach pictures tomorrow!