Five Demolition Tips That All Do-It-Yourselfers Need To Know

Whether you need to tear up your old carpet before laying your new floor or remove your circa mid-1970s, harvest-gold bathtub before installing a granite tile shower, nearly every home renovation project involves some sort of demolition. However, if you aren't careful, demolition can be expensive, frustrating, and dangerous. So, before you start knocking down walls in your house, check out these four demolition tips.

Demolition Tools

You wouldn't try to cut wood in half with a butter knife, so why would you try to begin the demolition process without the proper tools? Some home renovation projects may require a few project-specific demolition tools, but there are several tools that are used during the majority of home demolition projects, including:

  • Crowbar
  • Prybar
  • Hammer
  • Claw hammer
  • Sledgehammer
  • Mini sledgehammer
  • Flashlight

Don't forget to grab your safety equipment when you're collecting supplies for your project. At the very least, you should wear a dust mask when working on a smaller project. If you're working on a large project, you should also wear work gloves, a hard hat, and goggles.

Know What's Behind the Wall Before You Swing

Before you swing your sledgehammer to your wall, you need to know what's behind it so that you don't damage a water or gas pipe. Fortunately, it's easy to find out what's there. Simply use your hammer to create a small hole in the wall. Then, use a flashlight to look.

Make Disposing of Debris Simple

Part of completing a large demolition project is cleaning up your mess. Not only do you have to carry the debris out of the house, you have to haul the it to the dump -- unless you rent a dumpster or hire a hauling service.

Turn Off the Power

Electrical mishaps are dangerous, which is why it's important to turn off the power to the room that you're working in completely. If you need electricity so that you can use a light or power tools while you work, run an extension cord into the room.

Remove Debris as You Work

Removing debris as you work often makes the demolition process faster. Not only does carrying debris to the dumpster give you a short work break, but it's safer to work in a clean environment than it is to work around debris.

Doing your own demolition work can save you a lot of money, but it also requires a lot of work. So, before you start the project make sure you're prepared. If not, you should consider hiring a construction company to complete the demolition process.