What to Know about Remodeling Debris DisposalNow, you’ve probably seen those do it yourself shows where a contractor or homeowner just takes a sledgehammer and starts belting away at a wall. While that’s certainly part of the process, it’s what’s left on the editing room floor that’s most important.
As a homeowner, you should be able to tell which walls in the house are bearing walls and which are partition walls. This knowledge is useful if you are planning any major interior renovations that will require opening up a space or moving a wall. You will be able to estimate the difficulty of the job and get a rough estimate of the costs involved. You will also be in a position to evaluate the construction as it progresses and be certain that the builders are maintaining the structural integrity of your house. —Chicago TribuneWhat’s often not shown or only briefly broadcast is the piles of remodeling debris. These don’t magically disappear, either. In other words, you’ll have to deal with all the mess yourself. So, do yourself a favor and schedule remodeling debris removal in advance.
Partition Wall Removal Instructions for Lakeland Property OwnersOkay, for the nuts-and-bolts of partition wall removal, there’s really not a whole lot to the process. But, this isn’t to say it’s a cinch or without risk. Here’s what you need to know about partition wall removal:
- Turn off the power. Partition walls can serve more than one purpose. Although their main function is to divide and define a space, these can also be a handy place for electrical outlets. This is to warn, if there are electrical outlets and/or switches in the partition wall, you need to turn off the power first. Then, test to ensure there is no current going to them.
- Protect the floor. Even if the power is off, you can’t just start battering away at it with a sledgehammer. Instead, you’ll need to protect the floor before you start the actual tear down. It’s also advisable to partition off the space with plastic to prevent dust and debris from broadcasting through nearby spaces.
- Take down the partition wall. Put on a dust mask, eye protection, and heavy boots. Then, use a sledgehammer to break through the middle of the wall. Tear down the rest to finish.