Demolition Remodeling Debris DisposalSo, the very first thing you need to do (if you aren’t sure), is to ensure this is not a load bearing wall. If it is, you can only replace it. In this case, you’ll need a contractor, engineer, or architect to move forward. Regardless of its function, you’ll also need a way to deal with all the remodeling debris. Even something as simple as an interior wall demolition will require remodeling debris disposal — there’s just no way around it.
Before anything else, you need to determine whether or not this is a load-bearing interior wall. This guide concerns only interior walls that are not structurally supportive: i.e. non load-bearing. If your wall is partial—one end stops in the middle of the room—instructions are slightly different. If the wall is not load-bearing, you can remove it with impunity. If it is load-bearing, you’ve got problems unless you make provisions for supports to replace the supports you are removing. —The SpruceThis is actually one of the places so many DIY jobs go wrong. Sure, people plan for the materials, the dimensions, the look and style, but simply don’t give much thought to clean up. That’s why it’s smart to schedule remodeling debris clean up and hauling ahead of time.
Campbell Partition Wall Take-Down GuideOkay, for the nuts-and-bolts of a partition wall take-down, there’s really not a whole lot to the process. But, this isn’t to say it’s a cinch or without risk. Here’s what you need to know about a partition wall take-down:
- Clear and cover the area. Empty the room on either side of the wall. Then, cover the area with tarps or drop cloths to minimize the mess. Additionally, try to keep the area free of children and pets, especially when you’re actually taking down the wall.
- Shut off the power. A partition wall is there to create two distinct spaces. But, it’s also usually used for more than just a single function. Meaning, there are likely electrical outlets and/or switches. So, turn the power off at the main breaker panel, test that it’s off and then you can proceed.
- Tear down the inside partition wall. Wear a dust mask and eye protection. Also, put on boots and heavy gloves. Then, use a sledgehammer to knock down the wall. Look inside to see if there are any other systems hidden away. If not, you can just demolish the wall with a sledge and pry bar.