Knocking Down the Wall: Demolition Time
When it comes to DIY interior remodeling, knowing your limitations is the key to your success. Saying “why don’t we knock out that wall” could be the equivalent of “hold my beer, watch this!” Let’s take a look at what factors are involved in knocking out that wall!
Factor #1 – Was your home built before 1978?
If it was, make sure to have it tested for asbestos before you do anything. If there is asbestos insulation in the walls, it will have to be removed by a professional.
Factor #2 – Is it a load-bearing wall?
A load-bearing wall is one that is contributing to the structural integrity of your home. If you were to knock down a load-bearing wall, you could have part of the second floor or the roof coming down on your head. To learn what to look for to determine if your wall can be removed, watch this YouTube clip.
Factor #3 – Does the wall contain electrical, HVAC, or plumbing?
You’ll need to turn off electrical at the fuse box before slinging a sledgehammer. You’ll also have to be very careful cutting the drywall around pipes. You may want to ask advice from a licensed electrician or plumber for help in this area.
Factor #4 – Are you removing the wall up to the ceiling?
Before you start demolition, take a few minutes to score the ceiling drywall around the area of wall you’re taking down. This will prevent pulling chunks of the ceiling down as you tear down the wall. You’ll be thankful you took the precaution.
At this point, if you are confident you can handle knocking down the wall on your own, be sure you cover everything (furniture, bookcases, floors) before you begin. Pieces of wood and drywall debris will get everywhere, so be prepared.
If you have any doubts, call us to help. Len Roofing is here to make your life a lot easier.