Are you planning a project that requires demolition? If you are, then before you start doing it yourself, here are a few dos and don'ts that you need to know of to ensure your project will run smoothly and safely.
- Protect yourself
Make sure you have the proper safety equipment when demolishing a part of your home. Wear a hard hat, dust mask, strong work gloves, eye protection, and work boots. Even when it’s only a part of your home that’s being demolished, wearing this safety equipment is a must because there are a lot of things going on that could possibly harm you such as power tools running, flying debris and many more.
Hang drop cloths or plastic sheeting over doorways to shield other areas from layers and layers of dust. Draping plastic and sealing edges with tape might take extra time but it will help you in the end.
- Be aware of any mechanical
You must know the area inside and out. You might want to consider for electrical wires, gas, and water pipe when doing a demolition yourself. Turn everything off for your own safety.
- Don’t take on project beyond your ability
If you do not know what to do, then you need to call a professional to do it. Not knowing how to get it done safely and correctly might cause a great damage to your home and to yourself.
- Don’t use a power tool when you don’t know how to operate
This is for your safety and for the other people who’s working around you. It is very important to know how to operate since these tools are working alongside danger.
- Don't demolish load bearing structures
Without proper shoring and bracing, your home might sag and not turn out the way you would want it. Don’t do the home demolition yourself when you don’t even know how to fit all the structures together.
These dos and don’ts are just a few of the guidelines when doing a home demolition by yourself. You must know and understand first how things work before taking on the project.