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How to Demolish a Garage

If you’re planning to build a new garage somewhere else in your property and want to demolish the old one, you can do the same strategy that contractors of house demolition do. Garage demolition is not something that you can do alone, but with the help of your few friends you can achieve this. It’s a little bit laborious, but it’s not that overwhelming as you think it is. When demolishing a garage, you have to formulate a systematic approach so nothing would go wrong.  

Demolish a Garage

You can start working at the top making your way down while keeping the framing standing together. This will make your work safer, and you don’t have to spend too much labor on it. What you have to worry about is how to dispose the debris, are you going to tear it down all or are you going to recycle some? We will tell you how to successfully demolish a garage.  

Pull the Plumbing and Electrical Lines 

The first thing to do when demolishing a house or a garage is getting some permits from your local City Hall. Once you have the permits, you can request the service company to disconnect the services if the plumbing and electrical lines in your garage are really separated from your house. But if the system is connected in a main panel, turn the garage’s breaker or sub-panel. Disconnect any water lines and branch gas lines and cap them. After this, you should pull the pipes and wires safely from the wall. The fixtures can be recycled in your next garage.  

Uncover the Roof and Siding 

The only way to remove the roofing system of your garage is to get it piece by piece, especially if these are shingles. If it’s still in good condition, you can recycle the plywood sheathing. Prepare the truck and pile the roofs to dispose them easily. Remove the window and door trim to successfully remove the siding. If you can get the siding with no damage, you can reuse them. The drywall can be removed easily; it’s not recyclable to just tear it down.  

Remove the Doors and Windows 

The biggest task you’re probably going to encounter when demolishing a garage is removing its door and windows, especially if you have the high-powered ones. It will require a couple of helping hands, so you should really ask for help. When you pull the windows, make sure you’re wearing googles and gloves to protect yourself. If you don’t have plans on recycling the windows and door, someone else might. So store them in a dry and safe place and call a recycled material dealer.  

Dismantle the Framing 

When you dismantle the framing, prepare a hammer, pry bar and protective gear. You will also need an assistant especially when taking down the pre-built roof trusses. While you remove the framing member, it’s important to de-nail them first. At the end of the day, you’ll end up with several pounds of screws, nails and other fasteners.