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Materials and Tools:
The better the prep, the smoother the renovation.
Move all furnishings into safe storage, like a container. Keep electronics upright; store flat items like mirrors on one edge.
Tip: Getting someone to help carry heavy furniture is safer than using a dolly.
Tape craft paper over registers.
Turn off HVAC fan, and vent work area with a box fan sealed in one window with plastic and tape. Vent work area even in cold weather.
Seal doors with plastic sheets inside and outside workspace, leaving one entryway.
To protect rest of home from dust, create double-layer plastic skirt over entryway, leaving work side intact and slitting house side down the middle.
Tip: Plastic sheets should be 12 inches larger than opening on all sides.
As an alternative, install a temporary, zippered dust door.
To keep from tracking dust and debris into living space, put sticky doormat next to entryway.
To free up space during non-work times, store tools and equipment inside container.