Built-ins are intended to save space in a home while providing a place to put decorative items. Instead of taking-up usable square footage, these are usually built into a wall and finished with drywall to make them seamlessly fit into their space. However, drywall built-ins
are notorious for collecting dust and in some instances, are barriers to other rooms. If you want to remove a drywall built-in to obtain a more open concept space, you can easily do so with help from a family member or friend.
Destin Drywall Built-In Debris Disposal
What you probably know about drywall is that it creates a lot of dust when broken-up. Move furniture and any wall decor away, and then cover the floor with plastic or drop cloths before you begin. You should also call a junk removal service in advance to come and pick up the debris.
If removing wall cabinets that were built in place, you’ll need a heavy-duty hammer, a flat pry bar, and a crow bar, along with goggles or safety glasses for eye protection. Start by using the hammer to remove the frame on the front of the cabinet, followed by the sides, top, bottom, and back. To limit damage to the wall, use a block of wood between the wall and pry bar, and pry over a stud. —Better Homes and Gardens
Destin Drywall Built-In Removal
When you have your tools ready, you’ll need to shut off any electrical outlets and/or lighting that’s installed in the built-in at the breaker box on the main electrical panel, if applicable. Then, follow these steps to take out your drywall built-in:
- Cut into the creases and corners. You should be careful about tearing out your drywall built-in because you can easily rip into the surrounding material, causing damage to the wall. Use a utility knife to cut into the creases and corners, scoring them deeply.
- Pull away the tape. Once the creases and corners are cut, try to pull away the drywall tape. Do so away from the nearby wall to avoid damaging it. If you can’t grasp the tape or it doesn’t tear away, the go to the next step.
- Hammer out the drywall. Begin hammering out the drywall at the most hollow points. You can then begin to tear it away from the wall to expose the framing. Use caution when tearing away large chunks as these be unwieldy.
- Cut away and cap electrical wiring. If so equipped, cut and cap any wiring to outlets and lights. If possible, remove the wiring altogether to avoid creating a fire hazard. Should you not be able to completely remove the wiring, take out the dedicated breaker, if possible.
- Remove the framing. Using a pry bar and hammer, knock out the framing. You can then begin to shape the new opening.
You can now re-frame the opening and hang new drywall to finish for an open concept space.
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