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How to Complete a Kitchen Demolition Safely

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? You may be planning to DIY the whole thing, or you may just want to cut some costs by handling the demolition on your own, but if you’re in any way involved in ripping out your kitchen, there are a few things you need to know. Demolition is essential for most kitchen renovations, but if it’s not done correctly, you may end up with issues and expenses you didn’t expect.  

  • Be prepared. Look at your demolition as a project, rather than a prelude to a project. Prepare for your demolition project by making sure the electricity, gas, and water have been turned off to the area. If you must have more light than is naturally available, use an extension cord to bring in power for a utility light. Plan for everything you’ll need, from the right tools to appropriate safety gear, to a dumpster for waste removal. Seal off the demolition area from the rest of your house, to prevent drywall, dust, and debris from contaminating other rooms.  
  • Take care of yourself. Be aware that demolition is not a one-person job, even if you’re a pro at DIY. Enlist some help, because it’s a lot of hard work, and can be dangerous if you’re trying to do everything on your own. Wear a respirator or a dust mask, to keep from breathing in particles or chemicals that could be dangerous.  
  • Know what’s under the things you’re demolishingWhat’s behind the wall, in back of the cabinets, or under the counter? Do you know the electrical schematic of your home? Where is the gas line? What about the water pipes? It’s important to know exactly what you’re going to encounter before you swing a sledgehammer or wield a crowbar.  
  • Be prepared to clean up properly. Clean as you go, to prevent an overwhelming mess. Rent a roll off dumpster, so that you can easily dispose of waste as you go. If the job is very large, you might want to schedule a pickup for the dumpster more than once during the project. After you’ve disposed of all the major pieces, thoroughly sweep and vacuum the work area before you begin the remodeling portion of the project. Try to get open wall areas and subfloors as clean as possible before they’re sealed back up again, to keep dust and debris out of your walls, floors, and air ducts.  

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