How To Remove Drywall from a Wall

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Shannon from shows you one way to remove drywall (sheetrock) from a wall. Video © 2014 SKS Media. Videos produced b…
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22 responses on “How To Remove Drywall from a Wall

  1. Nicholas Hoffenpiper

    I wish I saw this earlier. Especially the tip about cutting the corner
    paper with a knife. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I would suggest
    tipping the outlet down so dust can’t fall into it. Also, as someone
    mentioned earlier, to be safe, I would check the cable for damage at the
    location where the saw cut across.

  2. MrToolmaker23

    Good work Shannon. I always wear a dust mask when I do this kind of work on
    my house. I have been blessed/cursed with an older house built by the
    original owner who obviously thought he was a master carpenter. He was most
    definitely not. A dust mask can also protect you from mouse doo-doo inside
    the walls. That stuff can be bad news. keep up the work. Your videos are
    extremely helpful.


    And what about the top left corner of drywal you left hanging there? I was
    waiting to see how you would tear that part out since you didn’t cut it
    with the knife and it would have perhaps torn the drywal above the doorway.


    What happens if the drywall workers installed the joints with metal beads
    instead of the paper ones that you can cut with like you did 3 minutes in?

  5. ds99

    It’s strange that nails were used instead of drywall screws. Would nails
    pop out and cause issues with the wall?

  6. ds99

    Great video Shannon! Why would the receptacle have a red wire connected to
    it? White for 14-2 and yellow for 12-2. I thought red was reserved for 12-2
    heating wire only.

  7. Albert Buchheit

    You may want to take note of where you used your saw and after removing
    drywall if there was an area close to wiring as in this wall check the
    wiring to make sure you did not damage it.

  8. TheeBudGuru

    I saw the glue spots but it doesn’t look like it did a very good job at
    holding the sheetrock on the wall, otherwise you would have had a hell of a
    time getting it off not to mention all the scraping you would have to do to
    clean up the studs before putting up new sheetrock.

  9. Maxid1

    In California where I live you have to have the sheetrock inspected after
    it’s hung and before mud and tape (because of earthquake standards). They
    wouldn’t be very happy to see edge nails and glue. 12/4 is mostly the nail
    pattern here. But the glue sure made taking it down a breeze, and took care
    of that wall paper removal in the process…

  10. TheeBudGuru

    Why was the drywall only attached to the wall on the ends? Why isn’t there
    any fasteners every other stud? I’ve never pulled sheetrock without having
    to pull all kinds of nails, staples and scraping off dried glue! That wall
    won’t have any real rigidity.