Have You Ever Tried Demolition?
I’m not particularly handy. My dad can take apart and put together anything, but home improvement simply isn’t my forte.
Recently, though, Megan and I were invited to help some friends demolish their kitchen. I’ve never torn anything down before, so I thought it would be fun.
Over the course of a few hours, we removed an entire set of cabinets, a countertop, and part of a wall. It was a pretty good workout, and I walked away with a few impressions and some photos.
- It was surprisingly easy to remove the certain things (the cabinets in particular). Just remove a few screws, and the entire cabinet detaches.
- It was also surprisingly difficult to remove other things. There was one tiny board that the original carpenter had nailed into place with dozens of nails for some reason. That thing wasn’t budging. Drywall is easy to puncture (you can even kick through it), but it’s then harder to tear out. And whenever plumbing is involved, things get tricky.
- It’s gratifying to tear things apart. We spend most of our lives being so careful about not leaving the tiniest scratch on walls and floors, so it was nice for once to tear out a cabinet and hammer through some drywall. I’d recommend it.
Most of all, I was left with newfound respect for people who demolish for a living. It takes a lot of strength, stamina, time, tools, and machines to knock things down. Have you ever tried it?