How to Demo and Remove a Wall

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i'm b kotov and I'm Ashley whether

you're remodeling your entire home or

just sprucing up a room with a fresh

coat of paint we're gonna show you how

to do it right if your home feels

cramped and dark you may want to

consider demoing a wall or two removing

walls let's in more natural light and

make the house feel larger and more


back in the 1960s when this house was

built they put walls everywhere yeah I'm

in the kitchen actually it's just right

there in the living room and there's a

Dern wall of the way by removing this

wall we're going to create an inviting

open space perfect for quality family

time and entertaining guests


we want to be safe when we're demoing a

wall so let's make sure that we have all

our safety gear before we start it's

demo time baby slow down Cody we can't

just start slinging sledgehammers what

if this walls holding up the roof that

is a great point when it comes to houses

exterior walls do a lot of the heavy

lifting but interior walls carry some of

the load as well knocking down a

load-bearing wall would be a dangerous

mistake to check if this wall is

load-bearing I have to crawl up in the

Attic to see if the wall we want to tear

out of supporting the roof so there's

where the wall is and I don't see any

support structures directly tied to it

if the truss is connected to the wall

like this then we'd have a load-bearing

wall I also took a look at the

crawlspace which wasn't the most

glamorous job I looked around for a bit

but I didn't see any signs that this was

a load-bearing wall if this was a

load-bearing wall it would have blocks

or supports like this to carry the load

down to the ground another way to

identify a load-bearing wall is to look

at what it's made of if the wall is

built with two by six boards and

contained stud packs which are groups of

boards nailed together to support a lot

of weight then the wall is probably

holding up more than family photos it

looks like this wall is not load-bearing

well what about this light switch

there's got to be wires in the wall if

there's a light switch

another great point to see if this light

switch is live we're gonna use this

voltage detector just touch the pin to

the switcher outlet and if it lights up

and beeps the wires are hot hey Ashley

cut the power to the light switch please

got it now that the power is off we're

gonna take the voltage tester put it

back on the switch if it stays green the

outlets safe to work with you can find

one of these voltage testers at your

local Lowe's home improvement store we

also check the wall for plumbing by

looking under the house and in the Attic

to see where the pipes are located and

from what I could tell this wall is pipe

free but to be on the safe side we're

going to take it slow by carefully

removing the wood paneling with a pry

bar we can see what's inside the wall

and avoid damaging any plumbing

electrical wires we may have missed so

what do we do with these electrical

switches you know I'm not sure where

they're gonna end up but they can't stay

here for now

so we'll detach them roll them up and

safely secure them from the ceiling

there are many ways to take a wall out

there's the sledgehammer approach the

kick the wall down technique but one of

the best tools for demolition is this

right here a reciprocating salt there's

lots of different blades you can use for

this salt we're using a demolition blade

so we can cut through wood metal or

plastic now if you feel the blade

binding and touching that stud you're

cutting might be carrying a structural

load so if you feel that stop

immediately and re-examine the structure

as you're removing studs from the wall

watch where you're laying the boards

it's common for people to trip or get

poked with nails because they're

careless with their demolition process

we found it easiest to use the

reciprocating saw to cut through the

nails or screws holding the studs to the

floor then we lifted them up and they

pop right off the top of the wall now

that we have all of the studs out of the

wall it's time to address what is called

the top plate and the bottom plate we're

going to leave the top plate the way it

is for now because we've got some really

cool plans for it later but now it's

time to rip out the bottom plate I used

my handy pry bar and hammer to lift the

bottom plate off the floor I had to get

creative in a few places with the pry

bar but above all I just took my time

and focused on not damaging the hardwood

flooring removing this wall wasn't an

extremely tough job but it definitely

took longer than I thought it would by

removing the wall we now have a massive

500 square foot room whether you're

flipping houses like us or just want

your home to feel bigger and brighter

demoing a wall is a great way to add

value and wide-open spaces to a home and

now you know how to do it right

thank you so much for watching guys if

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comments any questions you have and if

you want to try out any of the tools we

use in this video we left links in the

description below as well as some links

to additional articles to help you out

with other demolition projects and if

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