Safety Tips For Removing An Interior Wall In Your Home's Kitchen

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If you have decided to demolish an interior wall in your home to open up your kitchen to the rest of the house, then it is important that you take certain steps to ensure that your project is safe and does not cause permanent structural damage to your home. To this end, here are some time-tested contractor tips to help you safely remove one of your home's interior walls and open up your kitchen to your home's living room: 

Tip: Ensure that the Wall You Want to Remove Is Not Load-Bearing

Before ever attempting to remove a wall from your home's kitchen, first, you must determine if the wall is load-bearing or not. You can determine this by checking the wall's location and orientation in your home's attic. Walls that run the same direction as the floor and ceiling joists are typically not load-bearing. Walls that run across the joists are typically load-bearing and should not be removed. If you do not know exactly how to determine if a wall is load-bearing, then you should have it inspected by a professional contractor before you attempt to remove it. This is very important because if you remove a load-bearing wall without providing additional support for your home's attic space, your house could collapse. 

Tip: Remove All of the Drywall Before You Damage the Wood Studs

Use a stud finder tool to locate the wood studs in the wall you are going to remove. Take care to break out the drywall without hitting your sledgehammer on the studs themselves. This is very important because there is always a chance that you will open up the wall and find out that there is HVAC, power, or water lines in the wall that you may decide that you don't want to relocate. The last thing you want to do is remove the drywall, damage the wood studs, and then need to rebuild them.

Tip: Always Wear Eye and Lung Protection

Finally, when you are removing drywall from your home, it is vital that you wear the proper safety protection for your body. Since drywall dust can scratch your eyes, you should always wear protective goggles when removing it. The drywall dust can also irritate your lungs, so you should wear a respirator while you are swinging the sledgehammer at your walls. Both pieces of safety equipment can be purchased inexpensively at your local hardware or home improvement store.

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