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Demolition Tools


AVOIDING BINDING

When you cut through an old stud, the wood can close on the blade and cause binding or kickback.

 

If the blade starts to bind, you can tap a wooden wedge into the cut to keep the kerfs open.

  When a home improvement project begins with demolition work, some do-it-yourselfers begin to salivate Finally, a chance to vent frustrations over every leak, squeak, and repair that didnít pan out and to pound part of the house into oblivion.

 

Before you start any demolition work, consider these two points. First, remember to protect yourself with safety goggles, gloves, a respirator mask, and other appropriate gear. If youíre digging into exterior walls, you may want to wear a long-sleeved shirt to help prevent possible skin irritation from fiberglass insulation. Second, donít break through a wall with a sledgehammer or slice through it with a saw unless you are sure it does not hold pipes and wires. Take the time to peel away a section of drywall for a good view of the wall cavities underneath. Remember that in older homes you may find materials such as lead-based paint or asbestos insulation that require special handling.

As you work, stop periodically to remove debris and clear the work area of materials and tools you donít need. To prevent accidents, itís wise to bend over any nails in boards or sections of drywall.

Protect yourself first, of course, but also take the time to protect the surrounding area of the house. Demolition makes such a mess that youíll want to spread heavy drop cloths over nearby finished floors and hang plastic sheeting over doorways to prevent the spread of dust.

 

Stripping walls safely

1. Strip away surface materials first. Wear gloves and safety glasses or goggles during demolition work.

 

3. Strip away a section of drywall by pulling any protruding nails and digging in next to one of the studs.

 

2. Once you gain a foothold in a surface material such as tile, use a pry bar to pry off the pieces.

 

4. As you break out larger sections of drywall, pull nails so that youíll be able to cut safely through the studs.

 

Demolition Tools: A--shop vac, B--spray bottle (for suppressing dust), Cópush broom, D--tarp or drop cloth, E--crowbar, F--sledgehammer, G--2-lb. hammer, H--pry bar, I--catís paw (for pulling buried nails).

 

 

 

 

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