When you cut through an
old stud, the wood can close on the blade and cause binding or
If the blade starts to
bind, you can tap a wooden wedge into the cut to keep the kerfs
||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.