There are many reasons why a homeowner may decide to remove drywall from their home, but this project should not be undertaken without understanding the proper way to remove drywall. Removing drywall can be a messy process that can take a good deal of time, so forget what you have seen on television about scores of people driving hammers and other tools into the wall to remove drywall quickly.
In order to properly remove drywall, there are steps that should be taken in an orderly fashion to complete the project and minimize the amount of mess that is created.
Step 1 – Preparing The Home For The Drywall Removal
Removing drywall from the home will create a great deal of dust and debris that will be a pain in the neck to clean up after the project is completed. In order to minimize the amount of cleanup that will be needed at the end of the project, the area where the drywall is being removed should be prepared before the project begins.
Get all of the cabinets closed or taped shut, furniture removed or covered in plastic sheeting, and closing or covering the vents in the room to prevent the dust created from being spread to other area of the home.
Before you can remove the drywall from the area, all of the trim and molding around the room must be removed. If the pieces will be reused, then they should be carefully pried away from the wall and placed in a safe area where they will not become damaged as the project continues. The baseboards and anything present around the windows should also be removed before beginning to remove drywall from the room.
Step 2 – Removing The Drywall
The drywall should not be smashed or pulverized with a sledgehammer or similar tool to remove it from the room, as this method causes more damage and destruction than warranted. Instead, you should use a thin pry bar that is easy for you to maneuver to remove large sections of the drywall at a time. The drywall can be lifted away from the wall in segments by sliding the pry bar behind the drywall and gently pulling the drywall towards you in a smooth motion.
If the drywall is difficult to pull away from the wall in large sections, you may want to tap on the back of the drywall with a hammer to loosen it a little bit.
First, make an access hole in the drywall big enough to fit your hand and the hammer through and then gently tap on the area that you are working on to release the drywall from the nails that are holding it in place. After the drywall has loosened, place the pry bar in the hole that you have made and pull the drywall away slowly to avoid breaking it into smaller pieces.
Step 3 – Finishing And Clean Up
As the large sections of drywall are removed from the wall, they should be placed in an area where they will not be stepped on or broken for easy removal after the project is completed. The screws that were securing the drywall should be removed both from the drywall and the wall studs and placed into a sturdy container for disposal.
The dust that was created during the project can be swept up with a broom or vacuumed up with a vacuum cleaner depending on the type of flooring that is in the area where the drywall was removed.
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