The Art of Kitchen Demolition

Common Sense and Safety.

Before you start your kitchen demolition there will be some professionals involved in the process: Plumber, Electrician, and Cabinet Maker. So if in doubt ask questions. And the more prepared you are you will mitigate any problems that may eventuate, the potential for saving money, saving time, and saving resources will come through via consultation. Above all be confident in your Renovation. Think safety and act safely in every process.

Planning, and more planning will help you stay in control, and it will save you money. Work out what you will keep and what you will allocate to rubbish removal. The more knowledge and information you acquire, the better you will manage the tender process and this will shape your bottom line. It will maintain a budget that is informed and will shape shift your relationship with trades. Remember, to protect the budget which usually requires planning that doesn’t change beyond the planning stages. Change, and the enemy to all budgets, is better known as variations. Lack of control, informed decision making in the design process can reap havoc to your budget. Protect it through informed planning, consultation and control of the demolition and construction process.

Water is usually located under the sink, within proximity to the dishwasher, or an icemaking fridge. Simply turn the hot and cold handles of the water source in the off position, then you can unscrew pipes.

With Electricals, call your licensed Electrician at demolition stage and rough in stage if you require relocation of power points and connections. Electrical safety is non-negotiable. So think safety and call your sparky at the outset.

Gas shutoff requires the professional assistance of a plumber who is required at the rough in stage. Sequence your demolition of the kitchen with he or she in mind to switch off and allocate gas rough in point. This will be done for water as well so it is built into the demolition.

Before Demolition starts, chek to see if there is any asbestos. If there is, call a professional in. They need to be Certified.

Masks, gloves, glasses, ear muffs/ plugs, work clothes, steel cap boots are a starting point. A hammer, pinch-bar, drill, or screw tech-gun are important tools for demolition. Take care with overhead cabinets, their respected hazards should be stripped carefully and preferably with two persons. Again safety is integral.

Important note: kitchen cabinets were built one piece at a time. They are similarly dismantled one piece at a time. Take your time and you will be surprised how quickly the job is done. Stack, store your demolition work in a central area and keep your work site as clean as possible. Work on a clean site equates to a safer site, an efficient work zone, which in numbers terms saves you time and overall, money. Keep it simple, keep it clean and call in for a skip, or call WasteMates or the like for hand rubbish removal. And remember this is your site, keep it under your control, through smart, safe work practices and with a confidence that your effort is your achievement, and your reward. With a little time, thought out procedures, and and a Enjoy!

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