Well, here we are, drying out the basement again. This time we chose to do some of the demolition ourselves. The contents were all out on Friday thanks to Laura and the kids (The Girl had a Pro-D day, and The Boy had been up in the middle of the night shifting boxes and furniture, and called in sick). Then, over the course of the weekend, The Boy and I removed most of the floor and the bottom two feet of drywall.
Before removing the drywall, I watched a video on how to do it without making a mess. The carpenter in the video has a fancy ball magnet with a plastic tab that he used to locate the screws. I didn’t have the tool, but a stack of rare earth magnets was easy to find, and I trapped a scrap of paper to let them dangle near the wall.
When it encounters a screw, the stack of magnets sticks to the wall.
You can then press on the end of the stack to make a slight impression in the wall exactly where the screw is.
Then you simply drive the screwdriver into the middle of the impression, and out pops the screw! Once all the screws are out, the wall falls apart, particularly if the previous crew already cut the wall two feet up from the ground.
This approach probably takes a bit longer than heaving a hammer at the wall and pulling it down like a caveman. It’s also a lot less cathartic. However, there was almost no dust and cleanup was a cinch.