DIY: House Improvement Projects for Buyers of Older Residences - Deconstructing an Entire Space from Your New House and Recycling the Materials
You simply bought a new home, and it needs some work because it is an older house. There are various jobs that can be accomplished with the right tools and a little ingenuity. If done thoroughly, you can restore most if not all of the materials for future jobs that occur.
The previous owners of the house attempted to cut down on the quantity of area to heat by developing a space in the kitchen and dining room area. If any of you are familiar with mobile houses, there is not a lot of space to start with in the dining area, and this space was approximately 9ft by 9ft, built directly in front of the front door.
There are particular products that you should think of Whenever you begin a project. Here is a list of tools that have to remain in your demolition package:
The safety goggles that I keep in mind were made of rubber and a flexible band to keep them plastered to your head. They are still offered, there are some new types out there that are made of solidified plastic and fit on your face like a pair of sunglasses.
You can get a pack of these cheaply at your house improvement or hardware shop. This keeps the dust and fiberglass particles out of your lungs. Rest be assured, there will be dust, lots of dust.
Leather gloves or rubber sealed cloth. The fiberglass will find its method through cloth gloves and into your skin and you will feel every sliver of it. If you do not 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 wish 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 alerted, make sure that there is no wiring in the wall where you are cutting. If you struck live electrical wiring while cutting, it can be extremely bad for you and your tools.
5. A 24" Iron crowbar or demo bar. There are various shapes and sizes to demo bars. Select one that has a large bend on one end with a claw suggestion that can be used to pull big screws or nails from the studs.
This is excellent for areas where there is not adequate room to use the crowbar. Use the heaviest screwdriver you can discover in your toolbox. You will likewise utilize these 2 tools to get rid of trim-work and baseboard from the walls with damaging it.
7. A saber saw. This truly can be found in useful if you are pressed for time. It has numerous interchangeable blades from rough cutting studs, to drywall saw blades. It is also very useful for other jobs. It is a reasonably economical investment but it is worth having one.
8. A power drill with a Phillips-head bit. If the walls are built with wood screw and not nails, you desire the drill instead of manually turn the screws. Yikes, speak about carpal tunnel!
Now that you have the proper tools, let's talk about ways to set about performing a tidy demolition job.
Now, when many people see demolition jobs on tv, they see sledge hammers and axes swinging, a lot of grunting and groaning and kicking and shouting. If you want to take your hostility out on your project, you can work in this manner, but something will be glaringly clear when you are ended up. When you try to clean it up, you will have a massive mess and the stress you simply relieved will come back. Also, the possibilities of having any material to recycle will be next to nothing.
What you do not see on TV, is all the planning that enters into securely getting rid of a wall or room. You must look at where the load bearing walls are put. You should also take a look at where the electrical is placed and the best ways to reroute circuitry. If you are uncertain of ways to do this, then lots of DIY books explain ways to rewire little jobs. Sadly, a contractor might have to be contacted to assist with putting braces, if you prepare to totally eliminate a wall.
My project, fortunately, did not have these challenges. The space had no circuitry in the walls that I wished to take apart, and this room was positioned after the building of the mobile home, so it consisted of no load bearing walls.
I started extremely thoroughly and gradually, searching for problems along the way. I started by removing all of the trim-work, molding, and baseboard off the walls. This gave me access to the edges of the drywall.
Using my hammer and flat headed screw motorist, I started to pry off the drywall where I might take off as much of a sheet undamaged with very little damage. Some came off very easy, some I had to eliminate areas in between the studs and then ditch what was still connected to the stud.
To begin, I only removed one side of the wall so I could take the insulation off with very little damage. The insulation has actually been bagged up and is awaiting another task ought to the requirement arise. Once all of the insulation was taken care of, I had complete access to the opposite wall where I did not need to cut anymore drywall from the walls. I retrieved in overall of 4 complete sheets of drywall, to be used for other projects.
Once the drywall was removed the walls, I then could see how the studding was constructed. Once again thinking of recycling, I eliminated 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 eliminated so that I could later on utilize these for other job around your house.
There were missteps along the way that I did not understand how I would continue. Similar to many construction jobs, I discovered that some of the heads had been removed and were unable to be moved. In these cases, if there was space enough, I utilized the saber saw with a steel cutting bit to cut the screws free from the stud, or I would utilize the 24" crowbar with leverage to pry the 2x4 from its footing.
When I completed this task, I had been able to salvage the majority of the construction and drywall screws, the 2x4s, the majority of the drywall, and all of the insulation, from this room. Not to discuss all of the area that this room had actually occupied. The entire project was total in about three days.
The next time you wish to begin a task, constantly think of safety first. Aim to envision methods to set about the task using products you currently have, or if you are deconstructing, then consider how you can do it to conserve as much product as you can, for use in future projects.
In the future, I will be composing more posts, with the DIY projects that I have completed or conserved loan since I used the materials from this deconstruction project, or from materials that I currently had laying around.
Till next time, happy project hunting.