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?
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.
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.
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