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A Guide To Safe Demolition

A Guide To Safe Demolition

DIY demolition projects can be enjoyable and create a great sense of accomplishment but they can also be dangerous and complicated. Many times, when undertaking a demolition project on your own, they turn out to be not as fun as anticipated especially when complications arise. Large scale demos can become complex so having a step-by-step guide can help create a successful demolition project! If you’re up for the undertaking here are a few things to think about but remember, hiring a contractor may save time and stress and possibly even a few scratches or injuries.

So you’ve decided to tear down a wall, or structure or maybe an entire building all on your own. Sounds simple right? Well, at second glance it may not be as easy as you think. Beyond the physical labor, there are other issues to contemplate before starting on your DIY adventure. This may include tools and machinery needs and local and city ordinances that may complicate the project yet have to be dealt with. Depending on local laws, permits may be the first step to achieving a successful demo project.

Local Laws And Regulations
As mentioned, local permits for undertaking your project may seem insignificant but they are vital to planning and conducting a smooth operation. There may also be local environmental issues to deal with such as wetlands or other ecological factors. Historic buildings and landmarks also create their own issues and should be dealt with at your local or state level.

Cost Effectiveness
Smaller projects may not fall in to this category but larger projects can come with hefty costs especially in a DIY situation. Knowing what you’re actually up against is vital to creating a cost effective project. Many times, based on equipment and manpower needs, hiring a contractor may make better sense in the long run by saving time, stress and money.

Have you ever started something just to find out you’re way over your head? Starting a demolition project only to find asbestos, lead paint or other hazardous materials can create real issues not only for your health but the environment as well.

Content And Material
Have you figured out what to do with everything that is currently inside the building or structure? Or what about after the project has been completed and torn down, what do you do with all the left over “stuff”? Many things can be donated to the Salvation Army or Goodwill but what about the actual building material itself? Be sure to check your local hazardous waste pickup days and be sure to dispose of any leftover material such as batteries, paint or other items at your local hazardous collection site.

The Demolition Stage
Great work! You’ve secured the permits, donated any goods that are still useable and planned the project around local pickup times so that material isn’t just laying around everywhere. Now the fun part, tearing it all down! Think safety once you reach this part of the project. Safety should be your number one concern and although the building will be coming down either way, it will be much quicker without injuries or safety concerns.

Clearing the site is the final step to finalizing the project and as mentioned, knowing when your local pickup is or where to dispose of certain material will help you in your DIY quest!

Finally, as with any project, knowing what you’re doing and the consequences of not doing it correctly can be the difference between success and failure. If you have any hesitation in a project it is always best to contact a professional or at least hire a consultant to hash out any unknown details that you may not have thought of. As the saying goes, things are always easier said than done so if you run into problems or just would like an experts’ advice be sure to reach out to us for assistance by calling 419.474.9454 or emailing us at service@ekcontractors.com.

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