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When you have an old garage that needs extensive repairs, it is sometimes easier just to knock it down and start over. Garages are relatively easy to build since they don't need a true foundation and do not typically need to be plumbed or integrated with a forced-air heating system. But before you start building, you'll need to get that old garage out of the way. Here are some tips to help you do so.
1. Disconnect everything first.
Before you start swinging a hammer, make sure you have disconnected the power supply to the garage if it has one. Turn the circuit breaker to the garage off, and remove all of the wires from the circuit. If the garage has any other utilities to it, you need to have those turned off, too. If there is a gas line, do not attempt to disconnect it and cap it yourself; call the gas company.
2. Check the location of other buildings.
What structures nearby might be impacted by the falling of the garage? If there are buildings anywhere close, such as your home or a neighbor's home, measure the height of the walls. Then, measure that same distance on the ground to see if buildings are close enough that a wall falling could interfere with them. If there are buildings within reach, you will need to make sure the garage falls in the opposite direction, which can be challenging. The safest option would be to call a demolition professional instead of attempting this project on your own.
3. Work from the top, down.
You might think that demolition involves just swinging a sledgehammer into the walls and watching them fall down. Television is to blame for this — shows often portray demolition in this manner, but it is incorrect. The safest way to demolish any structure is from the top, down. This is as true for a garage as it is for a skyscraper since a garage roof is still heavy enough to kill you if a large enough piece were to fall on you.
With this in mind, your first step should be stripping the shingles from the roof. They are heavier than they look, and getting them off the roof underlayment will make it easier for you to then knock the underlayment to bits. From there, you knock down the walls, preferably one at a time.
With the tips above, you should be able to demolish your garage more safely. Keep in mind that small demolition services can also do this for you in a matter of a day, and often more affordable than you'd think.Share
14 December 2019