Wall Paneling Disposal in North PortSo, 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.
Dark wood wall paneling sure had its heyday, and it surely is over! Wall paneling can be tricky to update, and whether you can resurface it by filling in the grooves depends on if your paneling is solid wood or plywood. If the wall has plaster or drywall behind the paneling and the paneling wasn’t glued to the wall surface, you may be able to remove the paneling and rehab the old wall surface using drywall joint compound. —Today’s HomeownerThis 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.
Removal GuideNow, let’s get to the wall paneling removal part of the equation. Don’t make the mistake of just hammering into it to tear it down. Instead, take precautions and start by turning off the power to any outlets in the walls by shutting off the circuit breakers on the main electrical panel. Then, do the following:
- Gather the necessary tools. You’ll need drop cloths, leather gloves, pry bars, claw hammers, eye protection, dust masks, and a large trash container.
- Spread drop cloths around. Place the drop cloths on the floor where you’ll start to help catch dust and other debris that comes loose when you begin to remove the paneling from the framing.
- Take the trim off the wall. Before you pull the paneling down, be sure to remove the trim from the top and bottom. Any baseboards or other trim should first be removed and placed out of the way. Also, remove any outlet and switch covers.
- Uninstall the panelling from the wall. Next, you can then pry the paneling carefully off the wall frame. Do this with caution so you don’t disturb any electrical wiring behind the paneling.