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Some remodeling projects require the removal of an interior wall to expand a space or to improve views. Taking down a wall is not necessarily a straightforward process, however, as FHB associate editor Chris Ermides shows in this article. Removing a wall is a step-by-step process that requires forethought. Among issues to consider: Is the wall load-bearing? What types of electrical wiring run in the wall? Is there plumbing to deal with? Once those issues have been addressed, you can begin dismantling the wall piece by piece. Careful deconstruction—not demolition—will allow you to reuse materials, if possible, and also will keep you and your project safer in case you missed something during your early investigation.
Want to learn more? You've done your homework by assessing what's in your wall, but before you unbuild it, learn how to support your structure with a brace wall and contain the inevitable dust.
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