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Kitchen demolition


Even a modest kitchen remodeling can cost thousands of dollars. But you can save some money by doing the demolition work yourself. Some basic rules: shut off the water when removing plumbing fixtures; turn off the electrical power if removing light fixtures; and take note of your deconstructed room. It will provide you with an invaluable peek at how various building system work together. This process may help you avoid future problems with your new kitchen.

 

Taking apart your old kitchen

 

Step 1. shut off all water lines and take the supply lines off the bottom of the faucet. Use a basin wrench to

disconnect the supply line.

 

Step 2. Unscrew the nuts holding the faucet assembly to the sink. Then remove the sink. Many sinks are held in place with clips. (see the Smart Tip below.)

 

Step 3. To remove a dishwasher, disconnect the power and water lines to the unit. Then unscrew the screws on the underside of the countertop.

 

 

SMART TIP

REMOVING RIM CLIPS

This view from underneath the sink, shows how a rim clip for a rim-style sink will look.

Use a special sink-clip wrench or a nut driver with an extension to remove it.
 

Step 4. slide the dishwasher out. (Protect the flooring with a carpet scrap.)

 

Step 6. working with a helper, lift off the countertop and remove it from the kitchen. If you donít damage it when taking it out, you can cut it to size and use it in the laundry room as a folding table or in the garage as a workbench.

 

Step 5. countertops are held to the base cabinets with screws through cabinet corner blocks. Back out the screws, and lift up the top using a pry bar.

 

Step 7. Base cabinets are usually attached to the wall and to each other with screws, the latter driven through the cabinet stiles. Remove all of these screws, and pull out the cabinets.

 

Removing Stubborn Drain Fittings

 

Use a spud wrench or large pliers to remove a drainís spud nut. These nuts can be sticky, so use a lubricant, or if it is safe, apply some heat with a propane torch.

 

 

If the spud nut wonít budge, remove the nut by cutting it in two using a hacksaw. This chore can really skin your knuckles, so wear gloves.

 
SAFETY - Dust can be more than an irritant. Asbestos, lead, and mold spores can all be contained in seemingly harmless dust. Always wear a dust mask.
 

 

 

 

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