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The first in my series of remodeling Instructables that cover some common projects I encountered when remodeling my kitchen. All of the Instructables can be viewed in my Kitchen Remodeling Guide (Coming Soon).

In this part we tear down a couple of non-load bearing walls. In some cases Repeat(Sledge Hammer + Wall) = Removed Wall is a legitimate strategy but this Instructable shows a more civilized and less messy way of accomplishing the same thing.

Step 1: Tools

  • Drop cloths - Old blankets and sheets work well too.
  • Dust masks, glasses, and gloves - Safety first.
  • Sheet rock saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Claw hammer
  • Scoring knife
  • Screwdriver - Standard and Phillips bits are necessary.
  • Pry/Breaker Bars
  • Hack saw
  • Ladder
  • Shop vacuum
  • Helpers - A great opportunity to come together as a family, destroying things in the name of progress. Just provide a light at the end of the tunnel (a meal, etc.) to keep the helpers motivated.
Great share may I suggest that if you decide to remove any wall to make sure it is not a load bearing wall and sticking a box fan facing outside in a window near the tear out will cut back on a lot of sheet rock dust
Thanks for sharing this, I have been wanting to do this for a while now. I just haven't known how to do any <a href="http://tuhavi.com/services" rel="nofollow">remodeling in Tucson</a> on our home because it's pretty old and I don't want to ruin anything. I think my wife would love it if I did this.
Thanks for sharing this, I have been wanting to do this for a while now. I just haven't known how to do any <a href="http://tuhavi.com/services" rel="nofollow">remodeling in Tucson</a> on our home because it's pretty old and I don't want to ruin anything. I think my wife would love it if I did this.
Now demolition is something I've done a lot of. Heck my business agent has called me his expert. His words, not mine. When he did he was on the phone with a contractor and I looked behind me, no one was there. So when he said he was with his demolition expert he must have meant me.<br> <br> Anyhow being the God of thunder and biblical destruction like I am I'd like to throw my 2 cents in about this article. All opinions I express on this topic are professional.<br> <br> The first thing I'd like to address is your list of tools. You don't need all of those tools. This is the only tool you need:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.photo-dictionary.com/photofiles/list/7312/9791crowbar.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://www.photo-dictionary.com/photofiles/list/7312/9791crowbar.jpg</a><br> <br> It is really called a shoe bar. I can explain what shoes are but it isn't important here. No, not what you wear on your feet.<br> <br> That one bar does it all. Rip the sheet rock off, take out the studs, pry up the sole (what you called a footing your footing is under your foundation) and top plates, heck I could even use it to remove all of the electrical. Not a problem. You wouldn't be reusing any of it, but it'd be gone.<br> <br> One thing you didn't include in your list that I do think is vitally important is debris containers. Yeah sure when we're torquing a place we just make huge piles of rip, but at some point you have to container everything up and haul it away. A little Mickey Mouse job like yours you're probably better off hoppering everything as you go.<br> <br> What'd you do carry it out a piece at a time? A pro would have used a garbage pail, if we didn't use carts, or wheel barrows, or some other hauling contrivance.<br> <br> I'm not going to address the wisdom of floor covering other than to say that flexible coverings like what you used is probably more trouble than it is worth. You didn't even tape it down. Maybe if you had it'd have worked better. Been there done that Masonite hardboard is the pro way to go, if we do anything at all. We'd still tape it down if we wanted it to be effective. Drop cloths are for painting, not debris protection.<br> <br> I'm going to wrap it up critiquing the form I'm seeing in the action photographs you've included in this article. What I'm seeing in Step 6 is all wrong. Why are you cutting the top of that door jamb? If you smack the bottom out the top will just about fall right out. Why are you prying in the middle of the sole plate in the picture under it? Start at the end, then work your way down the piece. Come on, use your head!<br> <br> Demolition isn't brain surgery, but a little common sense goes a long way.
Now demolition is something I've done a lot of. Heck my business agent has called me his expert. His words, not mine. When he did he was on the phone with a contractor and I looked behind me, no one was there. So when he said he was with his demolition expert he must have meant me.<br> <br> Anyhow being the God of thunder and biblical destruction like I am I'd like to throw my 2 cents in about this article. All opinions I express on this topic are professional.<br> <br> The first thing I'd like to address is your list of tools. You don't need all of those tools. This is the only tool you need:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.photo-dictionary.com/photofiles/list/7312/9791crowbar.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://www.photo-dictionary.com/photofiles/list/7312/9791crowbar.jpg</a><br> <br> It is really called a shoe bar. I can explain what shoes are but it isn't important here. No, not what you wear on your feet.<br> <br> That one bar does it all. Rip the sheet rock off, take out the studs, pry up the sole (what you called a footing your footing is under your foundation) and top plates, heck I could even use it to remove all of the electrical. Not a problem. You wouldn't be reusing any of it, but it'd be gone.<br> <br> One thing you didn't include in your list that I do think is vitally important is debris containers. Yeah sure when we're torquing a place we just make huge piles of rip, but at some point you have to container everything up and haul it away. A little Mickey Mouse job like yours you're probably better off hoppering everything as you go.<br> <br> What'd you do carry it out a piece at a time? A pro would have used a garbage pail, if we didn't use carts, or wheel barrows, or some other hauling contrivance.<br> <br> I'm not going to address the wisdom of floor covering other than to say that flexible coverings like what you used is probably more trouble than it is worth. You didn't even tape it down. Maybe if you had it'd have worked better. Been there done that Masonite hardboard is the pro way to go, if we do anything at all. We'd still tape it down if we wanted it to be effective. Drop cloths are for painting, not debris protection.<br> <br> I'm going to wrap it up critiquing the form I'm seeing in the action photographs you've included in this article. What I'm seeing in Step 6 is all wrong. Why are you cutting the top of that door jamb? If you smack the bottom out the top will just about fall right out. Why are you prying in the middle of the sole plate in the picture under it? Start at the end, then work your way down the piece. Come on, use your head!<br> <br> Demolition isn't brain surgery, but a little common sense goes a long way.

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