Tips for removing drywall

Am going to start ripping up drywall in our soon to be upgraded kitchen this weekend. Any tips or special tricks.. aside from being very careful for wires and pipes behind.. is there any special technique.. or do I just grab a hammer and go to town?
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com says...

Cut the paper (at least) or saw through the sheetrock where you plan to stop (corners, ceiling, etc). Other than that, I'd suggest you make a small hole and _pull_ the stuff off the walls rather then busting it up. Perhaps even cut the seams if you can find them. If you can find the screws/nails it may be easier pulling them than breaking the sheetrock around them. Bringing out larger pieces is easier than lotsa small ones. ...less dust too.
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Keith

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Yep. Score it, start a hole with a hammer, then pull it off in big pieces. You'll develop a feel for the way to pull to get big chunks.
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Use a utility knife to score and then cut through the tape at the ceiling and corners. You don't want to be trying to match texture.
The rest depends upon your tolerance for dust and mess ... we generall just punch a starter hold between studs and start pulling it off the wall. Use a flat wrecking bar.
Break off the screws that are left by hitting them with a hammer. If they don't snap off, bang them in.
Ken
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