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Removing an old partition


 

Although removing a partition is not difficult, it certainly makes a mess. The drywall (or plaster) dust gets everywhere, and you end up spending almost as much time cleaning up as doing the work. Making the cleanup easier just takes a couple minutes. First, open at least two windows, and put a floor fan next to one to get the air moving out of the house. Then cover the entry door with a piece of plastic sheet and tape it to the door trim. Also, make sure to cover the furnace duct grilles with plastic and tape.

Step 1. The first step in tearing down a partition wall is to remove the drywall from the studs. To make the job go faster, score the drywall along the studs using a sharp utility knife. Then poke a hole through the surface using a hammer; reach into the wall cavity; and pull. The panels will break apart and leave remnants attached to the studs by screws or nails.

 

Step 2. The best way to remove the wall studs is to cut them in half using a reciprocating saw. To prevent the blade from binding in the cut, drive a scrap wood wedge into the blade kerfs before continuing the cut. The wedge will just drop out when the cut is completed. Pull the two parts of the stud away from the wall plates.

 

Step 3. Remove the bottom plate from the floor and the top plate from the ceiling using a flat pry bar. Slide the tool between the board and the floor or ceiling and lift. Pry at every nail location; then pull the board up and out. Make sure to remove all the nails from the board to prevent accidentally walking on them.

 

 

 

 

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