Do It Yourself

PLANNING YOUR DEMOLITION.

Demolition is a project in itself. Along with the dust and debris, there’s the inconvenience of having a room in your home being out of commission. Of course, there’s also knowing what you’re doing. With the right preparation and equipment, your demolition will not make a wreck of your DIY project.

ASSESS THE JOB

Think about the scope of the job. Create a list of each and every item that needs to come out, from molding to ceiling lights. Only then will you have a realistic idea of how much work is truly entailed.

ASSESS YOUR SKILLS

Go through your list and take a good hard look at everything that has to come out of the room. With each item ask yourself the question, “Do I know how to do this?” If you answer “no” to any question, you will need to either learn how to do it before you begin or find room in your budget to hire a professional.

HINT: Stopping in the middle of your project to learn how to do a task is harder than learning before you start.

CODES COUNT

Learn about your local government inspection and building codes. They’re usually available online. Building codes generally involve safety precautions that you may not have considered, but will appreciate down the road.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

Find out what tools and supplies you’ll need for your project. Be sure to have them on hand before you begin. That includes a way to dispose of all the debris.

BEHIND THE WALL

Unless you’ve built your home yourself, you can never be too sure of what you’re going to find when you open up a wall. So before you swing that sledgehammer, be very conscious of the following:

  • Electrical wiring
  • Asbestos
  • Water pipes
  • Support Beams

PROTECT YOUR POSSESSIONS

Clear out and store any items you are keeping. Make sure you have enough storage containers, and properly seal off the nondemolition areas of your home. Dust has a way of finding even the smallest of openings.

POWER DOWN

Safety is a must. Before you pick up that sledgehammer, check that the electricity, gas, and water are turned off. Then check again.

MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS

DIY projects have a way of taking longer than we anticipate. So if an important room in your house, like a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, will be out of commission for a while, it’s best that your alternate arrangements don’t cause too much of an inconvenience.

PREPARE FOR ALL THE DEBRIS

The Bagster® Bag is a simple solution for the biggest headache of most DIY projects. You can buy it in advance, then stash it on a closet shelf until you’re ready to start. Just fill it with up to 3,300 lb of debris. Then schedule a collection and it’s gone.