Knocking down a wall in your home may sound like a lot, but what if it could save you almost half off your heating and air bill?
Whether you want to open up your floorplan to add some square footage to your living room or you’re in the middle of a remodel, there are a few reasons that you may need to knock down a wall in your home.
Knocking down a wall isn’t something that people do every day though, so where do you start? Keep reading to learn how to knock down a wall before you swing that hammer.
These steps will help you understand what it takes to take a wall down, but if you feel overwhelmed you may want to consult a proffesional. The number one priority is safety and we’ll cover that as well.
If you’ve decided that taking down a wall is right for you, check out these steps.
Is that wall hiding some electrical or plumbing components? Do you know if it’s a load-bearing wall? These are crucial questions that if you don’t get the answer to first, could lead to a disaster.
Consulting the blueprint to your home if available is a great start and this is the one area where it’s most reccomended to consult a professional. Once you’ve identified what you’re dealing with it’s time to cut off the electricity at the source.
Make sure you have everything you need before you start. You don’t want to have to make a run to the home store in the middle of a big project if you can help it.
For the actual destruction, you’ll need hammers, pry bars, utility knives, an electric drill, and possibly a few more items depending on the wall.
The right tools for knocking down a wall aren’t just the hammers and other items to bring it down, you’ll also need safety equipment like plastic sheeting, goggles, and work gloves.
With your utility knife, cut the caulk and paint around the edges of the wall. After this, use your drill and small hammers to make a hole between the studs and pull out any insulation if it’s there.
Once you’ve got the wall prepared, start pulling out the drywall. Do each side until you’ve got the wall down to just the studs. Before you continue, haul everything to a dumpster. Renting one is the best bet, so find a dumpster rental company near you.
Once the wrok area is clear, use the saw and the pry bar to remove the studs and the wall plates and floor plates. Patch up the holes, haul away the mess and you’re all done.
Now that you know how to knock down a wall, carry on and improve your home. Knowing how to safely make these kinds of changes to the design and layout of your house is very important and has tons of benefits.
To learn more ways to improve the interior design of your home, check out some more articles.
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