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Wall demolition

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DeWalt reciprocating sawThe next big task was to tear down the walls to the current work/tool room. We decided it was too large, and took up too much of the living area in the basement.

Rather than having a separate room, I decided to incorporate it as one room in the storage area. We gained about 40 square feet of space by doing it this way.

Tearing down a wall

Tearing down the walls was as easy as 1...

wall demolition, tearing down a wall


.....3 !!!

Reciprocating saw: an essential tool for basement remodeling


The job went pretty smoothly- thanks to my new DeWalt reciprocating saw! (Also called by many, a "saws-all".) I got it on sale at Home Depot for about $100, and it came with an extra set of blades (6 in all). The great thing about it is you can mount the blade sideways. This made easy to turn the saw as necessary to cut out the studs- even along the floor. The metal blade made it easy to cut the spikes holding the bottom plate to the concrete floor.

Here's what the space will look like in our finished basement:

View of the kitchen area [Click to enlarge]

The main room will now be about 15x28 which should give us plenty of space for entertaining, and a great place for 'family movie night'!

Progress Topics

Getting started

Down come the walls

1st mishap

Basement wall cracks

Lumber and tools

Starting construction - Hammer time!

Moving ductwork

Finishing the 1st wall

Around the corner

Five short walls

The big wall

Repairing cracks again!

Framing around windows

Framing the office

Finishing the office

Design decision

Framing support poles

Framing the last wall

See also...
Phase 2: Electrical and Drywall

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches



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