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How to Begin a Kitchen Demolition

Host Paul Ryan gives instructions on how to start a kitchen demolition. He demonstrates how to tear out cabinets, countertops and flooring, and remove an adjoining room.

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  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Remove the Cabinets, Countertops and Floor

If the cabinets are not being saved, use a hammer to detach the doors and break out the cabinets (Image 1).

Use a reciprocating saw (Image 2) to cut the countertop into pieces for easy removal.

Cut into the floor with a circular saw and then remove it in chunks.

Step 2: Remove the Adjoining Wall

To remove the dining room-kitchen adjoining wall, first pound a row of holes into the drywall, then tear or peel it off in chunks.

Safety Alert: Work carefully because you never know what you might find inside the wall, such as wires.

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