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How to Remove Drywall

Host Karl Champley shows how to remove drywall to make room for a storage unit.

More in Remodeling

  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Mark the Space

Determine the size and position for the storage unit that will replace the drywall. Make sure to avoid any load-bearing wall studs. Use a straightedge and a pencil to mark out the space to be removed from the drywall.

Step 2: Cut Through the Drywall

Score the drywall with a utility knife, and cut through the drywall with a keyhole saw.

Step 3: Remove the Drywall

Knock through the drywall with a hammer and remove it.

Step 4: Remove the Studs

With the drywall out of the way, remove the studs from the open area of the wall using a reciprocating saw. Make sure to avoid any load-bearing studs.

Step 5: Clear Away the Debris

Clear away the demolition debris and any debris found behind the wall before installing the storage unit.



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