In some cases, you may need to remove an interior wall in your home or apartment.
Removing a wall can be done with a few simple tools and is fairly easy, but it’s not something to undertake without careful planning and consideration.
If you are unsure about how to remove your interior wall, we recommend hiring a professional contractor or home remodeler to do the job for you.
1. Check your tools and equipment
It’s necessary to have the right tools and equipment for any job. If you are removing an interior wall, it might be helpful to have a crowbar or reciprocating saw.
You will also need a flashlight, ladder, hammer, drill, and screwdriver if you are going to be taking out drywall (and ideally a level too).
A stud finder will help ensure that your new walls meet the structural support of the house rather than having unsound foundations in the future.
2. Check to see that it actually is an interior wall
You can’t just go around removing interior walls willy-nilly. That would be a substantial project and possibly a massive waste of time.
To know if you’re dealing with an interior wall, start by checking the exterior of your house.
If the wall is made of brick or block, chances are it’s an exterior wall and you shouldn’t remove it at all!
If that’s not the case, then move inside and check out where your doorways are located.
If there are any doors between rooms that open into each other (like between a kitchen and dining room), then those should be interior walls—and therefore safe for removal without causing structural damage to your home.
3. Ensure your wall has no load
Also, it’s important to make sure your wall does not carry any load.
If the wall is supporting something heavy, like a fireplace mantel or shelf, then you will likely need to reinforce the wall with additional supports.
You can call a professional in your area who has experience with this type of work to determine if there is any load on the wall and how you should go about reinforcing it if necessary.
You can also use a stud finder to determine if your interior walls are carrying any load.
The stud finder will identify where all of the studs are located in relation to each other so that you know where to start removing sections of drywall or plasterboard from above these supports when taking down an interior partition.
4. Remove all drywall with a crowbar or reciprocating saw
There are two ways to remove drywall—with a crowbar or a reciprocating saw.
We recommend using a reciprocating saw because it’s faster and easier, but you can use a crowbar if you don’t have one handy.
When removing the drywall, make sure that you’re wearing safety gear (protective eyewear and gloves) and working in an area where there is plenty of ventilation.
Once all of your drywall has been removed, take some time to clean up any debris that remained behind after removal using a broom or vacuum cleaner.
5. Remove nails, studs, and other obstacles
Most of the time, nails and screws can be removed easily with a nail puller or a hammer and screwdriver. If you can’t get them out with these tools, you’ll have to drill them out.
Make sure not to accidentally damage any surrounding walls or cabinets when drilling into a wall because this will leave holes that need to be patched up later on in the process.
Next, remove any studs or other structural supports for your wall. As these are typically bigger than nails and screws, it’s best to just take them out completely instead of trying to pry them loose first.
6. Hire an expert
If you want your job done well and safely—and if you don’t want to spend thousands on having someone else do it for you, then hire an expert!
With their experience and equipment available for rent or purchase at any local hardware store, professionals will have no trouble removing an interior wall quickly and efficiently, leaving behind pristine new drywall ready for painting or staining after finishing their work.
Removing an interior wall is not as easy as it seems.
There are a few things that you need to know before attempting this DIY project, including how to turn off the electricity and water.
You also need to know how to remove nails and studs, as well as drywall.
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