Whether it’s a home renovation project or the complete remodeling of a recently purchased fixer-upper, demolition is likely going to be involved. Not surprisingly, many DIYers enjoy the demo process, as it is an excuse to go on a rampage — smashing whole sections of building with blunt objects. Yes, there are few better stress relievers than a good bashing, but even something as heavily dependent on blunt-force trauma as the average demo job is going to require some finesse. Simply put: there is a right way and a wrong way to go about demo.
Before starting any demo project it is vital to first take the appropriate safety precautions. That means gloves, long-sleeves and a mask and safety goggles. However, those who want to kill two birds with one stone can forgo the mask and goggles and opt for a single remediation mask as it protects the lungs and eyes at the same time. And this will certainly come in handy after factoring in all that irritating drywall dust that is bound to be circulating through the air.
Eschew heavy tools
There’s simply no need for an army of tools for any demo project. Additionally, a large and heavy sledgehammer likely won’t even be required for the demo project in question. Experts will say that all the DIYer likely needs is a hammer, crowbar and a bit of elbow grease. The hammer is useful for busting holes while the crowbar is ideal for pulling out larger chunks of wall and debris.
Know what’s behind the wall
Those whose demo projects involve drywall need to know exactly what is going on behind it. That means checking for any live wires, HVAC conduits or piping. Needless to say, cutting into such wires or piping can cause serious damage. Also, it is crucial to shut off all power to the area before beginning the project. These safety precautions also apply to a home’s exterior, particularly when removing siding. This is because power lines often enter the home through siding, which is something DIYers need to be aware of.
Proper drywall tactics
As far as demolition is concerned, it’s important to work smarter, not harder. As a stress reliever, demo work can be fun, but it can also quickly become tedious and physically difficult. Experts recommend that those who are demolishing drywall demo just one side of the wall and then push the drywall on the other side out with their hands. This does a number of things: it reduces the amount of physical work involved (pushing is far easier than prying or pulling) and it drastically cuts the amount of demo time for each wall (often by more than half).
These are just a few things to keep in mind before starting that demo project. By adhering to the above guidelines, DIYers can count on a smooth and efficient smash and bash job.
Larry Thomas is a professional blogger that provides information on residential foundations and construction. He writes for Dura Pier Foundation Repairs, the best foundation repair company in Houston.