If you're having a major renovation project done on your home, you have the option of hiring a demolition contractor or doing the work yourself. While the latter approach involves a fair bit of hard work, it can save you some money and make you feel as though you've contributed to the renovation. Demolition work may seem fun, but it's important to be methodical in your efforts and make safety your top priority — this job isn't just about swinging a sledgehammer through the drywall, although you'll get to experience this task, too. Here are some safety tips for doing your own demolition.
Turn Off The Power
The first step of any demolition project is to turn off the power to the room or area in which you're working. This means that you'll need to visit your home's breaker panel and shut off any breakers that supply electricity to the area. The last thing you want is to have live wires behind the wall and make contact with them with a metal hammer, as there could be a significant shock risk. If you're wanting to do the demo work at night, you'll need to run lights on extension cords from other rooms. Otherwise, doing the job during the day should give you enough natural light through the windows.
Protect Your Body
Demolition work is physically demanding, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. By using the right safety gear, you'll minimize your risk of getting injured. Make sure to wear steel-toed boots or shoes; this is a must whenever you're dealing with a sledgehammer. You should also wear long clothing, but make sure that it's not loose enough that it could get snagged while you work. Gloves will protect your hands from calluses, while goggles, earplugs, and a dust mask will protect your eyes, ears, and respiratory system, respectively.
Keep The Air Quality Clean
As soon as you begin breaking into drywall, the room will get dusty as tiny drywall particles are sent airborne. Even with a mask and eye protection, you want to avoid unnecessary exposure to the drywall dust. Keep a heavy-duty vacuum handy and vacuum the area repeatedly throughout the job. It's also worthwhile to keep the room's windows open to allow fresh air to move into the space. By setting up a box fan at the window and aimed outward, the fan can suck some of the drywall dust out of your home.