On some remodeling jobs, you need to be especially mindful of the mess that gets created. When demolishing a wall, for example, instead of smashing the drywall to pieces, you can remove it in large sheets if you access the fasteners holding it to the studs. Estimate the stud location using measurements or a few taps of your knuckle. Then run a magnet along each stud. The magnet will stick to the wall directly over screws or nails, making it easy to mark their location. Gently chip away the small amount of drywall mud to reveal the fasteners. Unfasten the screws, or pry out the nails with a cat’s paw.
Tom Bowen, Fayetteville, AR