Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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the surrounding walls. If the walls are in good shape and will be used with little refinishing, run a joint knife between the wall and the trim to break the paint seal. en, gently rap a flat bar behind the trim near the nails preferably. Pry up along the entire length of the trim, raising it a little at a time. Remove the nails by pulling them through the trim piece from the back. Number the trim as you remove it to aid in replacement. Store the trim in a dry, out-of- the-way place so that it will not get damaged. If the wall will be removed but the trim is being saved, use a reciprocating saw to cut it free. Use a flat bar to raise the trim as de- scribed above. en, use the saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the shanks of the nails. CEILING WORK If you're cutting a big hole—say for a skylight or you're just gutting the ceiling—try to remove it in manageable sections. If the joists are exposed above, look in the attic first. If it's insulated above your cutout, move insulation over to the next joist; use a dust pan to shovel it if it's loose insulation. is will save you a lot of mess later. TEARING OUT OLD SURFACES As is recommended for ceilings, cut out man- ageable sections 2-feet-square and remove them with the plaster still keyed to the lath. Remove all the nails sticking out of studs if you will be putting up new drywall or plaster. Now is also the time to remove wires or pipes within if that's part of your plan. Demolition can be a very messy phase of remodeling. It is most important to be safe and maintain your jobsite as cleanly and organized as possible. Plan the sequence of your demo and systematically conduct your demolition phase. | ¡ Safety meetings should be conducted on a regular basis to maintain everyone's aware- ness of the hazards involved. ¡ Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must be avail- able to all workers who are exposed to any hazardous materials. SDS are written by chemical manufacturers for the chemicals they produce or import. eir purpose is to communicate information on the recom- mended safe use and handling procedures for that chemical. Employers are required to assemble and provide unhindered access to the SDS collected for all chemicals found in a work area. ¡ If the client is residing in the house while you are conducting your remodeling proj- ect, be sure to alert them to the presence of the chemical(s) and the SDS binder. ¡ If working in a home built before 1978, be sure to comply with all the requirements of the federal or state EPA RRP requirements. ¡ Before you cut into finish surfaces, always shut off electrical, water and gas service to that area. Start slowly and proceed carefully. CONTAINING THE MESS One of the keys to a successful remodel is managing the mess. Torn-out plaster and drywall are nasty stuff to handle and worse to breathe. e dust gets everywhere, and the volume of debris is overwhelming. If you're sloppy as you remodel, you'll pay later; fin- ished floors are particularly vulnerable to grit that isn't swept up and to nails that go astray. Lathe with nails sticking out creates a haz- ardous workplace. Whatever the scope of your job, conserve existing surfaces whenever possible. Remove any details that might get damaged, and cut no wider or deeper than you absolutely must. You'll have less to repair later and fewer inadvertent cuts into wires, pipes or the framing itself. TRIM REMOVAL ere are occasions when you'll need to re- use door and window trim that needs to be removed. How you remove it will depend on hen we think of demolition, we mostly think of the process for removing the old material from the site of a remodel. However, demolition has additional components, such as identifying items that will be reused and carefully removing and storing them; pro- tecting surfaces that will remain within the demolition zone; and setting up systems to control dust and debris from entering unaf- fected areas of the house. In addition, during the demolition phase, you may need to iden- tify hazardous materials and plan for their removal, control access to the area and set up refuse removal services. SAFETY FIRST As a general rule, federal rules can be viewed as a minimum standard while state and local authorities can add additional and more re- strictive regulations. e following discusses safety considerations that apply to the remod- eler. ese are general in nature; check your state, local and current federal regulations to ensure compliance. ¡ A first-aid kit adequate for the number of workers and type of work being done should be present at every jobsite. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation (1926.50 (c)) requires at least one person on each job have a valid Red Cross First Aid card. ese cards are good for three years and require six hours of instruction. ¡ A currently inspected fire extinguisher rated not less than 2A must be available within 100 feet on each jobsite involving 3,000 square feet or less, with an additional ex- tinguisher for each additional 3,000 square feet or fraction thereof. ¡ During the course of construction, alter- ation or repair, form and scrap lumber with protruding nails and all other debris must be cleared from work areas, passageways and stairs in and around the building. Citations for sloppy housekeeping are among the most common violations issued against remodelers. W S C H E D U L E SEPTEMBER: CKBR: Structural Adjustments OCTOBER: CKBR: Materials, Part 1 NOVEMBER: CKBR: Materials, Part 2 CERTIFIED KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELER: Demolition 16 August 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PROFITS: NARI Recertification QR has teamed up with NARI to create a convenient way to earn credits toward your recertification. After reading this issue's article, take the test for CEUs at QualifiedRemodeler.com/NARI.

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