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Grundalow 11-14-2011 11:57 AM

Tearing Down Plywood Walls
 
So much to my displeasure, I found in the course of my bathroom teardown that the lower halves of the walls are not drywall nor backerboard...they're plywood!

My question is what is the best way to go about removing the plywood? I can't just hammer it down. Do I cut along the studs w/ a reciprocating saw and pry it off?

Thadius856 11-14-2011 12:18 PM

I wouldn't recommend a reciprocating saw for this task. I also don't know that I'd cut along the studs personally, as that's where all the fasteners will be. Unless you have a dislike of your blade, saw motor, and limbs.

Set your circular blade depth to just less than the plywood's thickness (to avoid hitting electrical or plumbing). I'd have the electricity and water off just in case. Cut on either side of the studs they're fastened to, and anywhere else you want the sheet to come apart (for disposal). Wearing a mask would be a great idea.

Should come right down.

kwikfishron 11-14-2011 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Grundalow (Post 770911)
So much to my displeasure, I found in the course of my bathroom teardown that the lower halves of the walls are not drywall nor backerboard...they're plywood!

My question is what is the best way to go about removing the plywood? I can't just hammer it down. Do I cut along the studs w/ a reciprocating saw and pry it off?

How about pull the nails. :whistling2:

Grundalow 11-14-2011 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 770979)
How about pull the nails. :whistling2:

They're pretty well recessed or covered in gobs of adhesive. But I'll take a look.

Thadius856 11-14-2011 01:46 PM

Claw-footed prybar would dig them out nicely.

Ron6519 11-14-2011 08:12 PM

A catspaw tool will get them out.


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