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How to Remove a Wall

Removing a wall is a low-cost way to remodel your home by providing it with more open space and a new layout. Before you remove a wall there are some important factors you'll need to consider:

  • Is it a load-bearing wall? If it is, you can't remove it completely. Create an opening in the wall or create columns instead.
  • Is there electricity or plumbing running through the wall? When you open the wall you may be in for a surprise and what you find might cause you to rethink your original plans.
  • Does it make the ceiling sag? The floors and ceilings from the two adjacent rooms probably won't line up perfectly. You'll have to do some work to make them look continuous.

Once you're sure the wall is non-load bearing and you're prepared for the possible pitfalls of the project, here's how to remove the wall:

  1. Obtain a permit for the remodeling project, if necessary.
  2. Turn off the electricity.
  3. Cut along the corners where the wall meets other walls and the ceiling, using a razor. This will prevent the drywall from tearing.
  4. Remove or cover any furniture in the two rooms. Seal off the rooms with plastic sheeting so dust doesn't fill your house.
  5. Pry moldings, trim and doorjambs away from the wall.
  6. Hammer a hole in the wall while wearing a mask.
  7. Pull off drywall with a claw hammer or crowbar.
  8. Reroute any electricity or plumbing inside the wall. You may need to consult with an expert for this step.
  9. Remove any wall studs by knocking them loose with a hammer and then twisting them off. Alternatively, you can saw through them and twist out the two halves. You may be able to saw through all of the studs and then push over the whole wall at once [source: Acme DIY, Champley].