Tear Out Tips For Your Diy Kitchen And Bath Remodeling

If you’re thinking about doing your own kitchen and bath remodeling, a big part of the project is tearing out your old cabinetry. Here are some tips to help you make the job go smoothly.

Arrange for Getting Rid of the Debris:

Begin by figuring out where and how you’ll get rid of the old cabinets as well as other trash. While you might think that you can save or re-use a portion of the cabinetry, in most cases you will end up needing to have the majority of items taken away away as trash. Call a roll off container company or make other arrangements so that you can have the debris taken away when you are done. Keeping the existing cabinets in your garage or some place else in your way will just make it harder when you start to put in your new cabinetry.

Remove All Cabinet Doors, Drawers and Shelving:

It’s usually easy to take off the doors from your cabinetry. Remove all the doors, take out the drawers and remove any loose shelving or other unattached items from the cabinets. This will also get them to be lighter and easier to move when you take the actual cabinets out.

Disconnect and Remove Appliances:

With the doors and shelves off it will be easier to determine if there are any kind of electrical or water connections inside the cabinetry that is connected to your appliances. Be sure to turn the water off before disconnecting items like sinks and dishwashers. And switch off the electrical breakers and any other electrical service to your kitchen while detaching the electrical appliances and cabinets.

Remove the Existing Counter Top:

Look inside the base cabinets and find the screws where the counter top is attached to them. In some cases there may also be screws holding the counter top to your back wall. Remove any kind of screws or other attachments and remove the counter tops before you begin to remove the cabinetry. One special thing to consider is the dishwasher. It might be simpler to uninstall and remove the dishwasher after you remove the countertop.

Remove the Base Cabinets First:

After you have the countertop off and all appliances removed, look inside your base cabinets and remove any screws or fasteners holding them to the rear wall or floor. You can make your job a lot easier by removing the base cabinets before you start on the wall units. Once the base cabinets are out of the way it will be easier to get beneath the wall cabinets and hold them while they’re unscrewed from your wall.

There may be toe kick strips that run full length on the bottoms of the base cabinets. It is easier when you remove these strips first before you begin taking out the individual cabinets.

If your cabinets are built with face frame construction, there might be screws that connect each cabinet to the one at it’s side that run through the face frame. Be sure to check for and remove these since it can make it much easier to separate each individual cabinet.

Take Down the Wall Cabinets:

After the base units are taken out, you will need to remove the screws that hold the wall cabinets to the wall. Use caution working with these and make sure you’ve got enough help on hand to hold the cabinets as they are taken down. If you have crown molding or other trim that runs at the tops of the cabinets, remove this first before you start on the individual cabinets.

Take Out Any Remaining Tall Cabinets:

You now should only have tall (floor to ceiling) cabinets left. As before, detach these from the wall. Take care when tipping these down to move and make sure the top corners don’t catch and damage the ceiling or other fixtures. Moving these out is also a two man job so have help on hand.

Clean Up Any Leftover Items:

There may be hanging strips still connected to the wall or other items remaining from your previous cabinet installation. Remove and tidy up any remaining items. If you do not plan to re-do the walls in your kitchen or bath, be as careful as you can so you don’t do any damage to the walls or sheet rock.

You might find that the floor beneath your base cabinets is lower or not covered by your existing kitchen flooring. This is common since it is not cost effective to run costly flooring under the cabinetry. But make sure to consider this when installing your newly purchased cabinets. You might want to keep some of the old shelving or parts from your old cabinets to use as buildup should you need it underneath the new cabinets.

Now that you’ve got everything torn out, saved any things you could make use of and have everything else in the dumpster ready to be hauled away, your job is done. You’ll now be ready to look things over and make sure you’ll be ready to install your new kitchen and bath remodeling cabinetry.