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Demolishing before Remodeling

Even if you plan on hiring a contractor to do your remodeling, you might want to consider doing your own demolition. Many people chose to save money on remodeling projects by doing the demolition themselves even if they have no remodeling skills.

Demolition of your old bathroom should be fairly simple but it will take a lot of work some of it strenuous. You will also need to be able to put up with a lot of dust and mess. Cleaning up after your demolition will also take considerable effort.

Before any demolition begins, you should shut off the water and electricity. After removing any plumbing fixture, in order to keep out harmful fumes from drain pipes, you should place an old rag in them. This will also keep debris from the demolition from falling into the drain. Also, when doing demolition, you need to always wear safety glasses. Wearing long sleeves, sturdy boots, long pants and gloves are also a good idea during demolition.

To take out your old toilet, after shutting off the water, you need to flush it in order to empty the tank. Use a sponge to soak up any water left in the tank after flushing. Disconnect the water supply line. Keep a small bucket on hand to catch remaining water from the water line. If it is a two piece toilet, you need to unscrew the two nuts under the tank in order to remove it. Next, unscrew the flange nuts that anchor the toilet to the floor. Remove the toilet from the floor by rocking it back and forth to break the wax ring seal.

If you need to take out a vanity sink, you’ll need to first disconnect the plumbing underneath. Undo the compression fitting from the sinks tail pipe and drain pipe. Excess water will drain from the trap, catch it with a bucket. Disconnect the hot and cold water supplies. In most cases you can remove the sink together with the faucet. If not, you will need to remove the faucet by unscrewing the nuts from the beneath the faucet.

Pry up underneath the self-rimming sink to break the caulk seal holding the sink to the vanity. If the sink is an under-counter type, undo the clamps holding the sink to the counter and remove the sink. If the sink is a composite sink/counter combo, the entire piece will come off together. If the counter needs to be removed separately, they are often attached by screws that can be simply unscrewed and removed. If the countertop is glued on you can try to pry it but you may need to cut it off. The cabinet itself will probably be screwed to the wall through a nailing strip and unscrewing it is all it should take to remove it.

Removing a tub can get a little complicated. Most tubs are connected by flanges hidden behind the wall. If this is the case, you will have to demolish the surrounding walls before you can take up the tub. You will need to disconnect the drain tail piece and catch the excess water in a bucket. Disconnect the water supplies and disconnect all fasteners holding the tub to the studs. You may need to break the old tub into pieces if it won’t fit through the door.

If you intend to tear out wall surfaces such as dry wall and tile, you can expect a big mess with probably more waste than you think. It might be a good idea to rent a small dumpster to handle this waste. Make sure, in addition to eye protection, that you wear gear to protect your lungs from breathing in dust. Always expect to run into electrical wiring and plumbing so proceed with caution. Remove all nails and screws from the studs after removing all of the wall board. Clean the room thoroughly of all clutter and dust when finished.

To remove framing and pipes, use a reciprocating saw making sure that you check to see that all pipes are not live. To remove wires, once again, make sure the wires are not live. (Use a continuity tester.) Then cut them.

 
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