How to Remove Drywall

Yesterday after work, the hubs & I ripped out all the drywall in the basement garden apartment kitchen. Why?

1. The gas line to the stove was not secured and flexing freely
2. Electric outlets could have been placed better
3. It was G-ROSS

You may remember what it looked like at the begining.
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yum. (eyeroll)

After Saturday’s major demo, it looked much better.
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But still not quite ready for prime time.

If you’ve never removed drywall before, it’s really quite easy. Here’s how:

1. Using an exacto knife/box cutter, cut the drywall around the edges of where you want to take out. We only wanted to take the back wall out but leave the ceiling and side walls intact. Here you can see our slice in the corner.
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2. Wearing proper safety attire, use hammer/sledge/crow bar to make holes in said drywall. Be VERY careful to avoid gas or water pipes and any potential wiring.
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I SAID, “wearing proper safety attire.”

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That’s better.

3. Using your stategically placed holes as hand grips, PULL. Hard.
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Keep pulling!
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Until it rips or breaks off.  Then let it fall to the ground with an incredibly satisfying THUD.
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4. Show pile of drywall who’s king
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5. Fill multiple trash bags with debris
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6. Break out the brand-y new shop vac and suck up all the dust & little bits.
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While the dog watches and wonders what Daddy is doing.
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7. Have a mini-photo shoot with your latest new toy.
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8. Admire your handy work!
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All done!!

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18 Responses to How to Remove Drywall

  1. Kim says:

    lmao at your steps. You two look like bad mamma jammas.

    And, I’m totally jealous of your shop vac. it’s a beaut.

  2. Dad says:

    Nice job, Bear and masked husband…..!

  3. caitie says:

    why do i have a feeling that this basement is going to be the most chic, cozy apartment ever when you’re done? the exposed brick is leaving me so curious!

    ps carrie- pulling drywall is a very sexy look for you. in total seriousness.

  4. Lily says:

    You’re my hero <3

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  6. kamharrisphoto says:

    you guys are too cute for words

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  12. Great blog. Useful and ultra funny. Keep it up guys.

  13. Eric says:

    Thanks for the tips and the humor along the way! Perfect! You should do more of the instructional videos! Good to have humor. Might be a niche…the funny DIY guy!

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