Demolition Derby: Tearing Up a Kitchen
Here at C&H we talk a lot about remodeling. But you know what I like best about renovations? The demolition. There’s something exciting about ripping out a sink and taking a pry bar to a kitchen counter.
If left to my own devices, I don’t think a demo would go smoothly in my own kitchen. Here’s a few safe and smart tips for taking apart your kitchen.
Many experts say to use a reciprocating saw – which cuts through the counter top and the screws.
Use a pry bar and hammer to take it down. If it’s still in decent condition, donate the saved tiles.
3. Sink and Faucets
Disconnect all the plumbing before you remove.
4. Light Fixtures
Turn off the power! Disconnect the wires and use a hammer or pry bar to remove fixtures from ceiling.
Linoleum and vinyl? Pry it up and toss. For ceramic tiles, cover with a towel and use a small sledge hammer to break up. You might also want to use a power scraper for large areas.
Anyone have any good tips for the harder stuff – like cabinets and vents?