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Old 12-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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So I'm starting a new project where I will be replacing the ceiling in a few rooms. Removal of the drywall ceiling seems simple enough, as is most demo.....But does anyone have any pointers/link to the best tool for the job? I have a drywall saw and dremel. I don't have a sledge, but for the ceiling I dunno if that would be the best tool for the job anyway. Is there any sort of must have drywall removal tool?

Also, for all the screws that will remain stuck in the joists....what is the easiest way to remove them? Simply unscrew them out if the screws aren't too mudded up, or is their a good tool I can use to just rip them out (if possible without causing too much damage).

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Two hands are your best removal tools after punching a few strategically located holes.

A crow bar will remove the screws easily.

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Don't forget there's insulation above.
If you are going to go into the attic to do something with this anyway, I would kick the drywall down from up above, if this can be done safely.

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If you use a bar and rip the screws out, they'll tear up the truss chords as they come out. Personally, I'd rip the drywall down, then unscrew. If they're plugged with mud, use some small vice-grips to remove them.

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If you use a bar and rip the screws out, they'll tear up the truss chords as they come out. Personally, I'd rip the drywall down, then unscrew. If they're plugged with mud, use some small vice-grips to remove them.

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What about smacking them back and forth with a hammer until they break?


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That'd work too, but if it were me, I'd unscrew and clean them up and recycle them! (I'm cheap! ) I'd also be concerned about not having a smooth, flat surface to reattach to.

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Thanks for the responses guys. I figured as much, looks like I should get a heavy duty crowbar and some gloves and have at it!
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Ceiling drywall screws are required to be longer than the ones used on walls. If you crowbar them out, you'll almost certainly tear up the wood, making it weaker and less likely to have a good surface to re-screw to when you replace the required 5/8" drywall. If you do not want to reuse them, then I'd be inclined to go with titanoman's suggestion and break them off.

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A simple flat bar is plenty---be sure to knife the corners --so you don't damage the walls as the drywall is removed.
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If you crowbar them out, you'll almost certainly tear up the wood, making it weaker and less likely to have a good surface to re-screw to when you replace the required 5/8" drywall.
Phooey !!!
There will be plenty of meat remaining for the new screws. Drywall screws are never that healthy to begin with. Scrape the splinters and go for it.
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Okay, whatever you guys say. But of course, you know I'm right......

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Ceiling drywall screws are required to be longer than the ones used on walls. If you crowbar them out, you'll almost certainly tear up the wood, making it weaker and less likely to have a good surface to re-screw to when you replace the required 5/8" drywall. If you do not want to reuse them, then I'd be inclined to go with titanoman's suggestion and break them off.

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Good point. Now that I think of it, I will be hanging my new ceiling using clips and a hat channel (this is a sound barrier project). So I probably can just leave the screws in there since there will be a 1.5" gap between the bottom of the joists and the ceiling.
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since there will be a 1.5" gap between the bottom of the joists and the ceiling.
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the required 5/8" drywall.
Why is 5/8" required?

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