Kitchen Soffit DisposalBefore you bring in your tools and start ripping things down, you should first plan for the enormous amount of debris you’ll generate. Too often, homeowners and others alike just don’t amply plan for the aftermath. They focus on the finished product. And, it isn’t until they can’t avoid it they must deal with all the material debris.
Making the decision to remove the soffits means that you have committed to a big project. Just how big depends on what is lurking behind the soffits. The only way to tell is to cut a hole in the drywall big enough to shine a flashlight and get a good look around. If you’re really lucky, it will just be empty space. But chances are pretty good that you’ll see wiring, air ducts and/ or plumbing pipes. If you are still intent on removing those soffits, all that “stuff” has to be re-routed and you have officially committed to a major remodeling project. —Kitchen CraftsmanMake no mistake about it, a kitchen soffit removal will generate a whole bunch of junk. What’s more, the replacement process will only add to it. So, be sure to schedule remodeling debris cleanup before you start your project.
DIY Kitchen Soffit Removal Guide Hollister Residents can UseYou will need several tools and a few supplies to tear down the soffit. Gather together a few sheets of plastic or tarps, flashlight, eye protection, a dust mask, gloves, a utility knife, pry bar, power drill-driver, hammer, and a ladder. Then, do the following:
- Determine the function. This is definitely worth repeating and more than once. The purpose of a soffit is to hide something. Which means, you should attempt to learn what it is, because that’s very important. In other words, it just might be a total waste of time to start removing it only to discover that it’s in-place for a good reason.
- Remove as much as possible from the kitchen and separate the area. The kitchen should be empty and covered in plastic and/or drop cloths. This includes anything on the countertops, and even the microwave, if it’s not mounted.
- Cut into the crease along the ceiling. Next, you use a ladder to position yourself right by the soffit itself. Use a utility knife to cut into the crease between the top of the soffit and the ceiling. Exercise caution so you don’t damage the ceiling. Then, use a reciprocating saw to cut the framing down.
- Hammer out a small hole. Knock out a small hole large enough to accommodate your hand. Then, reach into the hole and pull off the drywall, exposing the framing. Then, tear off all the soffit drywall and then unfasten the studs from the wall and ceiling with a power drill-driver.