Do It Yourself: House Restoration Projects for Purchasers of Old Houses - Deconstructing a Whole Room from Your New House and Recycling the Products


You just bought a brand-new home, and it requires some work since it is an older home. There countless tasks that can be accomplished with the right tools and a little resourcefulness. If done carefully, you can restore most if not all of the products for future projects that arise.

The previous owners of the home tried to cut down on the quantity of space to heat by developing a room in the kitchen and dining room location. If any of you are familiar with mobile homes, there is not a lot of room to start with in the dining area, and this room was around 9ft by 9ft, developed directly in front of the front door.

Whenever you start a task, there are particular products that you should consider. Here is a list of tools that need to remain in your demolition package:

1. A set of shatterproof glass with side guards. The safety goggles that I keep in mind were made from rubber and a flexible band to keep them plastered to your head. Although they are still available, there are some brand-new types out there that are made from hardened plastic and fit on your face like a pair of sunglasses. However the important thing is to safeguard your eyes from flying plaster particles.


You can get a pack of these inexpensively at your home enhancement or hardware store. This keeps the dust and fiberglass particles out of your lungs. Rest be guaranteed, there will be dust, lots of dust.

Leather gloves or rubber sealed fabric. The fiberglass will discover its way through cloth gloves and into your skin and you will feel every sliver of it. If you don't have rubber coated gloves you can put latex gloves on under you fabric gloves.

4. A plasterboard saw, or a plaster saw bit if you want to utilize a saber saw. This large toothed straight line blade is simple to get rid of large pieces of drywall from the walls without utilizing a hammer. Be warned, make sure that there is no wiring in the wall where you are cutting. It can be really bad for you and your tools if you struck live electrical wiring while cutting.

5. A 24" Iron crowbar or demo bar. There are various shapes and sizes to demo bars. Select one that has a big bend on one end with a claw suggestion that can be utilized to pull large screws or nails from the studs.

6. A 12, 14, or 16 oz. hammer and a flat head screwdriver, or a 8" or 6" pry-bar. This is great for locations where there is not enough space to use the crowbar. Utilize the heaviest screwdriver you can find in your toolbox. You will likewise use these 2 tools to remove trim-work and baseboard from the walls with destroying it.

7. A saber saw. This truly is available in convenient if you are pushed for time. It has many interchangeable blades from rough cutting studs, to drywall saw blades. It is likewise extremely beneficial for other tasks. It is a reasonably affordable investment but it deserves having one.

A power drill with a Phillips-head bit. If the walls are constructed with wood screw and not nails, you want the drill rather than by hand turn the screws.
Now that you have the appropriate tools, let's discuss the best ways to go about carrying out a tidy demolition job.

Now, when a lot of people see demolition jobs on television, they see sledge hammers and axes swinging, a great offer of groaning and groaning and kicking and yelling. If you would like to take your aggression out on your project, you can work this way, however one thing will be glaringly clear when you are completed.

What you don't see on TV, is all the planning that goes into securely eliminating a wall or room. If you are not sure of how to do this, then many DIY books discuss how to rewire small tasks.

My job, thankfully, did not have these challenges. The room had no wiring in the walls that I wished to take apart, and this room was positioned after the building of the mobile home, so it contained no load bearing walls.
I began really carefully and gradually, searching for issues along the method. I began by taking off all of the trim-work, molding, and baseboard off the walls. This provided me access to the edges of the drywall.

Using my hammer and flat headed screw driver, I started to pry off the drywall where I could take off as much of a sheet undamaged with very little damage. Some came off extremely easy, some I needed to cut out areas between the studs and then scrap exactly what was still connected to the stud.

To start, I only removed one side of the wall so I might take the insulation off with very little damage. The insulation has actually been bagged up and is waiting for another project ought to the requirement occur. As soon as all the insulation was taken care of, I had complete access to the opposite wall where I did not have to cut any longer drywall from the walls. I obtained in total of 4 total sheets of drywall, to be utilized for other projects.

Once the drywall was removed the walls, I then might see how the studding was constructed. Again thinking about recycling, I removed the screws with my power drill, and was able to take apart the walls without damaging the 2x4's. These were set to the side, and all drywall screws were removed so that I could later on use these for other task around the home.

There were missteps along the way that I did unknown how I would continue. Similar to most building and construction projects, I discovered that some of the heads had been stripped and were unable to be moved. In these cases, if there was space enough, I used the saber saw with a steel cutting bit to cut the screws complimentary from the stud, or I would utilize the 24" crowbar with take advantage of to pry the 2x4 from its footing.

When I completed this project, I had actually been able to restore the majority of the building and drywall screws, the 2x4s, most of the drywall, and all of the insulation, from this space. Not to discuss all of the area that this room had actually occupied. The entire project was total in about 3 days.

The next time you want to start a task, constantly believe of safety. Attempt to think of ways to tackle the project utilizing products you already have, or if you are deconstructing, then think about how you can do it to conserve as much product as you can, for usage in future tasks.

In the future, I will be writing more short articles, with the DIY projects that I have finished or conserved money due to the fact that I used the materials from this deconstruction task, or from materials that I already had laying around.
Up until next time, pleased task searching.

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