DIY Demolition

Basic DIY Demolition Tips

Demolition is the tearing down of houses, buildings, and other structures. It’s the first step to any renovation. In fact, most people enjoy the demolition process more than the renovation. Shattering down walls may look fun, but thoughtless demolition can result in accidental destruction of your house’s foundation.

The first step to deciding whether you do the demolition yourself or leave it to the professionals, is to list down the pros and cons of doing a DIY demolition.


  1. It’s cost-effective. It’s estimated that the cost of a demolition contractor’s service may range from $4000 to $14,000. When doing it yourself, labor will be free. You’ll only need to worry about equipment rentals.
  2. Demolition is fun. A lot of people find demolition as an effective way to release stress and do something new.


  1. With less experience or knowledge about it, DIY demolition may cause more damage to the structure than what was intended.
  2. Without the proper equipment and strength, DIY demolition can be unsafe.

If you decide to pursue DIY demolition projects, here are the things you need to keep in mind:

Sledgehammer Demolition
After You Learned the Basics, Start Hammering Away!
  1. If you can’t determine what you’re tearing down, don’t touch or remove it yet.
  2. Safety first. Don a dust mask, hard hat, and boots to prevent respiratory problems and injuries from nail punctures and the like.
  3. Learn the basics. Know what’s behind the walls, like electrical wires, gas, or asbestos.
  4. Differentiate the bearing and non-bearing structure in the house, such as the posts and headers.
  5. Learn what to turn over to the pros, such as asbestos, lead, natural gas and plumbing.

What You Need Before Actual Demolition

  1. Secure proper permits from your city or municipal authorities.
  2. For the safety of others, define the house or building parameters with portable fencing, to keep out unauthorized persons.
  3. Turn off electrical supplies, water supplies, and gas appliances. Notify everyone else involved in the project, so they don’t turn it back on accidentally while you’re at work. You may also ask your local utility company to do it for you.
  4. Rent some equipment, such as a dolly, to move the heaviest appliances, a dumpster to hold the debris, and an excavator. Also, prepare power tools such as reciprocating saw, circular saw, jack hammers, cordless drill, angle grinder, and air cleaner. Rent hand tools such as bars, pliers, nippers, snips, a utility knife, screwdrivers, and voltage meter to ensure that the wire’s power is still off.
  5. If doing room demolitions, place a drop cloth over the floor to minimize scratches and other damages. Also, empty cabinets and shelves when moving them out.
  6. Secure safety, and then hammer away.

Just follow this simple steps and you can demolish anything in a jiffy! Don’t forget to like and share if this tutorials helps!


  • It’s really worth it to hire a demolition company for big projects. But if you’re just going to demolish a toilet or sumthin, just grab your sledgehammer and you’re good to go!

  • Interesting. Hmm. Sounds pretty easy too. Maybe me and my cousins can team up to demolish our old shack here.

  • A friendly tip. If your house is really old, better hire a company to do the demolition for you. The use of asbestos is quite rampant back in the days. You don’t wanna have some sort of lung disease, don’t you?

  • Planning to do some basic demolition on my backyard. Thanks for these simple tips!

  • Nice points here. If time is your concern, don’t hesitate to hire a demolition crew. They will get the job done.

  • Demolition work is not an easy job. It requires more knowledge and skills in order to do this kind of job.

  • If you want to hire to do demolition job, first, see their credentials. They must have the proper documents that will show they are authorized.

  • Doing a demolition job is not an easy task. It needs proper knowledge and skill to do this. That’s why still the best option is to hire a demolition crew.

  • Doing a demolition task must prioritize considering the safety measures. They must have the safety gears in order to do the job.

  • Demolition is a tough work. You need a proper equipment and experience to do this job. Without these, it may cause damage and more trouble.

  • Being responsible for safety by being knowledgeable about the job and equipment. Also doing DIY demolition must aware on the safety hazards to avoid something bad that might happen.

  • I started to laugh on the demolition is fun part. Yep. Can’t deny if you have a bad feeling inside and you want to release it by doing a demolition job all by yourself.

  • Doing a demolition job needs to consider some many things especially the safety of everybody. Plan first on how to start the job without causing any trouble.

  • You must know the knowledge of demolition job if you want to do it by yourself. Big trouble for the safety for the others if you haven’t the skills for it.

  • Electrical appliances can start some trouble if they’re still plugged. Much better if you turn off the source of electricity before doing a demolition job.

  • If you do not know how to start, check first some tutorial videos that can be seen in YouTube.

  • It is better to do this along with an experienced on this that you know if you want to pursue to do it by yourself. Just for safety measures.

  • Doing DIY demolition needs more preparation. You must know what tools or equipment you will need before you start this kind of job.

  • Don’t feel to do work on this all by myself. Still prefer to hire a demolition company that will take care of it.

  • Yes. It’s cost-effective if you do demolition by yourself without hiring someone nut you must consider first the safety and precautions on doing this tough work.

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