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How do we knock out interior wall - non load bearing?

How do we knock out interior wall - non load bearing?

Old 06-11-02, 02:52 PM
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How do we knock out interior wall - non load bearing?

We just got a contract on a house, (our first), and we want to make one main alteration:

The top floor has two small bedrooms that we want to convert to one larger bedroom. The rooms are right next to each other, so it involves knocking out one wall. As I see it, these are the things we'll probably need to do:

tear out the drywall (easy)

deal with the studs

deal with the wiring that goes to the outlet that is on both sides of the wall.

finish the drywall around the edges where the wall met the other walls and ceiling.

deal with the floor where the wall was.

The only thing we really know how to do is rip out the drywall. Can anyone point me in the right direction to learn how to do the rest?

Old 06-16-02, 04:41 PM
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Electrical outlets will have to be relocated. " Safety Alert: Safety precautions are paramount when performing any wiring or electrical work. When working with electricity, mistakes can be deadly. Before doing any re-wiring, turn off the main power at the fuse or breaker box. Make certain that the power is off at the circuit where you'll be working. While working, place a note at the box to ensure that someone else doesn't restore power to the circuit while you're working." Small-Bathroom Renovation -- Door Frame and Basic Wiring. DIY. Retrieved 16 June 2002. http://www.diynet.com/DIY/article/0,2058,7620,00.html


If you are lucky and careful, there should be minimal damage to drywall. Rough edges should be covered by the door trim. Minimal plaster repairs should be required.


The floor repair will depend on what type of floor covering you have.

There may be risks if you do projects without permits:

Check back in as you progress with your project for additional help on the appropriate forums.

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