If you watch a lot of television shows, you probably think that demolition jobs are all about randomly smashing a wrecking ball on a building or house. However, there is so much more to this task than what is normally seen on tv.
Here are important things that you need to know about the wrecking and demolition industry.
1. Demolition does not mean explosions.
Using explosives is one part of the business, but this is not the only way to bring down a structure. There is the balling method, which is effective at destroying larger structures that are already badly damaged.
Demolotion experts also use a pusher arm, an excavation machine that’s hydraulically-operated. Pusher arms are advantageous when you’re working on vertical surfaces and small buildings. Other methods are wire rope pulling, excavating, thermal lancing, and sawing.
2. Woodwork is one of the easiest things to demolish in your home
If your wooden floors or walls need to be replaced, you do not need gigantic power tools to do it. In fact, you can actually do it on your own, provided that you have the right protective equipment.
In order to remove wooden floors, you need pry bars, a hammer, and a putty knife. You can either completely destroy your wooden materials, but you can also opt to work gently in order to use them for other projects.
To get started, pry open the woodwork using a putty knife. As the gap widens, use the pry bar to further separate it from the wall or floor. Make sure that you have a second pry bar so that the wood will not snap back while you are working on another spot.
3. Demolition vs. Deconstruction
Both terms are often used interchangeably, but they actually have major differences.
The first term refers to the traditional method of bringing down a structure using special tools. Everything will be destroyed, so the materials will be sent straight to the landfill.
Deconstruction, on the other hand, is a newer method that involves carefully taking apart a structure piece by piece. Materials that are not totally damaged are recycled, while the other unusable parts are sent to the dump.
The advantage of the former is that it is budget-friendly and doesn’t require a lot of manual labor. Deconstruction, meanwhile, is pricey. However, the process is environmental-friendly and you can use the salvaged materials for other home repair projects.
4. Public relations is needed before a demolition project
If you do not want your neighbors to be angry at you, visit them and vicinity and inform them about your project. You can also offer them a bottle of wine, cupcake, or a pair of earplugs!
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Marie Watson says
Thanks for sharing some information about demolitions. You make a good point about how you need to visit your neighbors and surrounding homes to let them know that you are going to be demolishing your home. I would think that you would also need the proper building permits so you aren’t going against any local regulations. Hopefully, the demolition contractor would be able to get the proper permits.
Taylor Bishop says
Thanks for helping me learn more about demolition. it’s good to know that this refers to bringing down a structure by using special tools. To be honest, I’m curious to learn more as to what these can do, or how they are utilized in a demolition project.
Khorae Olivier says
I like what you said about the differences between deconstruction and destruction. My husband and I want to renovate our bathroom and we think it might need to be stripped down to the supports to handle all the problems and changes we need. Thank you for the information about how deconstruction is a method of carefully taking apart a structure piece by piece so materials can be recycled if they aren’t totally damaged.