Removing Drywall Yourself – Part II

We are now continuing on from the previous post, Part 1 of removing drywall. I figured dumping too much info into a single post would be overwhelming. Remember, all these projects we’re looking at just need to be approached one step at a time. So with that, let’s keep going, shall we?

cut drywall 1When you get to the outside corners, this one just has a protector on there for wallpaper, when you get to the outside corners, you can’t see it, but there’s going to be a metal cornet bead underneath there, so you’ll hear that when you kind of hit it. Once you get up to that, just kind of stop there, you’ll be good. I’ll just go back here and finish off this cut back to the other corner. Just like so. We made just first initial cut, this is just to give us a starting point to be able to get a hold of the drywall and start pulling it off.

One thing I forgot to do, on this plug in, you not only want to take the cover off, you want to take the plug in out. So remember, we’ve turned the power off here, so we don’t short anything out or get electrocuted. And I am just going to pull this plug right out and if it’s gotten enough wire to allow you to do it, just kind of tip it like that, that way when you pull this drywall off, shouldn’t get caught up on it and break the wire, do any damage to anything else.

So we’ve got that. So I made that cut, we’re just going to go to a spot in between studs. I think I got a stud there and one about here. If I had my little flat bar, you probably could just force it in there… This one is a little thick, but I can still get in there. You can see how I got that through the crack there, I’ve been able to pry the drywall out and I don’t want to stick my fingers in there, because the second I pulled this bar out, that’s going to want to spring back, the drywall is and pinch my fingers.

I just want to get my hammer in there to take up that space and you can see how that all piece, almost like a whole sheet wants to come off in this case. It won’t always do that, it might come off in smaller pieces, but this one looks like it’s going to come off pretty good. Generally, there will be some screws or nails holding it on, maybe a little bit of adhesive. Now that I’ve got it to a point where is kind of loose, I’m just going to pull. This one is going to come off really nice.

I’ll go back to this corner. This is what usually happens. You end up getting pieces like this. We’ve got wallpaper on here as well, so it’s making it a little more stubborn. For the most part, this whole piece is going to come off. That wasn’t that bad. We’ll get this out of the way. Now you can start to see what we are dealing with. Obviously, we’ve taken the drywall out of the back side already earlier. So we got that off.

taking off drywallWhen you’re doing your first side, you might still see drywall on the back side. But now we’re starting to see some of the electrical that could have caused us some issues, right there in that area. Luckily thing, we had it all turn off, so even if we did catch it, we shouldn’t have caused any problems. So we’ve got that main bottom part out, I’ll just see if this corner piece will come off without too much hassle. We’ve got that one off. Same thing with the top.

If you’re working by yourself, you probably don’t want this whole thing to come off in quite a big of a piece as the bottom did. So you might want to make a cut, just down here, like we did before. I am just going to do that quickly so this side it’s going to come off in a half decent chunk that’s manageable by one person. Okay, like that. We could just grab a hold and just start to peel away the pieces that want to come free.

You can see here that metal corner bead that I was talking about starting to be exposed now that the drywall came off, you can see that piece there that you can’t really cut through with that hand saw, so just be careful, that will be sharp as well. So we’re starting to get there. If you look up top, you’ll see, because I cut that with the knife, it should come away without causing too much damage to the ceiling. One more piece here. So you can see it opening up here, I’m just going to pull down a bit. Like so.

We’ve been able to remove it right up to the drywall ceiling, you can see we didn’t even disturbed the stipple that was on this existing ceiling here. If we would have not cut that and just start pulling away at it, you see how this paper is exposed here, that right there is actually the other half of it, up here on the ceiling, under that stipple. So that would have tried to peel away there, we would have caused damage. So same thing on this side, just going to see what comes off, what size pieces.

I don’t know if you noticed as I was doing this, there’s very few fasteners in it, they’ve actually, if you look here, you could see spots, spots on the studs. This is were they’ve put some beads of adhesive, held the sheet out there and then somebody came along and just basically, tucked it up. This would’ve been where the joint in the lower sheet and the upper sheet were, so they put a nail in each sheet. Looks like they put one in the middle and they’ve had a few up, so basically they just did the edges and one in the middle and then the adhesive held it in place.

So I think you’ve got a pretty good idea now, basically what to do. It’s important to have the safety glasses on as well because you might have noticed I’m pulling away there, there’s a bit of dust flying around, pieces of gypsum. If dust bothers you, you might even have a dust mask on, even just one of those cotton ones, because there is a little bit of dust in the air. Doing a small wall like this, it doesn’t stir up a lot, but if you’re doing a fair bit of a demo, there’s definitely going to be dust floating around so throw a mask on.

I don’t think there’s really anything else I can tell you, one you get this apart, you are just going to throw it in the garbage or take it to the landfill or wherever your municipal allows you to do with it and that would be all you can do. So hopefully this gave you a little more inside into what you’ll find, not only before you start the project, but once you finished it as far as seeing what the structure and what you could see inside the walls. So thanks for watching and tune in next time.

Mathew Lilienthal