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Demolition Of A Wall

Itís remarkable how flimsy an interior wall can seem when you first cut into it using a reciprocating saw or poke a hole in it with a hammer, especially if it is made of drywall rather than plaster. It comes apart with remarkable ease--unless you forget to probe ahead for wires, plumbing, vents, or ducts. Tear into the wall without locating these items first, and you will have a dangerous mess on your hands. Once pipes, wires, and ducts have been located, carefully dissect the wall around them and save the slam-bam work for the sections of the wall where danger does not lurk. Itís also a good idea to have a debris disposal path so that you are not dragging dusty building components across clean floors and carpets. Plastic sheets work well, but they can get slippery. Canvas cloth can be easily shaken out or washed.


Step 1. First remove the wall and ceiling trim. Once the molding is removed, pull out the nails from the backside using locking pliers.


Step 2. Remove drywall using a hammer at first. Then switch to a wrecking bar or flat bar, and pull off the drywall. Wear a mask and safety glasses.


Step 3. Remove drywall in large sections. During drywall demolition, a reciprocating saw with short blades works best.


Step 4. Use a pry bar to pull the drywall sections from the wall, If you cut along the sides of the studs, it should be easy to remove large sections.


Step 5. Once all of the drywall is off, pull out the nails along each stud using a pry bar or nail puller. Remove any screws using a drill-driver.


Donít cut into a wall or ceiling without first checking for pipes, wiring, and ducts. Also, cover heating registers and exposed drains to keep them free of debris during demolition.

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