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How to Remove Basement Bar Setups

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January 28, 2008

Even though you had the best of intentions, there comes a time when you might need to remove basement bar arrangements.  Maybe you're moving or you simply want to put a new installation in - in any case, you need to learn how to remove the bar without causing any damage to the rest of your home.  This is especially the case when you've just moved into a new home and you want to remove the doings of the previous owner since you don't know how they installed the piece to begin with.  Here are the steps to remove basement bar pieces safely:

Remove Basement Bar

When you try to remove basement bar structures, it will help if you figure out what you're dealing with first.  If you can get your hands on the construction plans for your home, that will be the best help, but if you don't want to spend the time doing this, you will need a stud finder, some paper, and a free afternoon.  Start by taking the stud finder along every inch of the structure.  By learning where the studs are, you can determine where the framing is.  If there are areas where this is little framing, you might have metal pieces that can not be taken down without help.  This is especially the case when the bar walls go up to the ceiling - as they may be holding up the floor above it.  Try to graph out the best diagram you can to see if you can determine where you absolutely should and should not be using the sledgehammer.

If you don't have access to a stud finder, an electric razor will also do the trick.  Hold it near the wall and the vibrations will change when you hit a wooden beam.

Once you have figured out where the beams and framing is, you will want to begin breaking into the wood or the drywall that is in place.  This is probably the most fun when you remove basement bar pieces, but it's also the most dangerous.  Make sure you are wearing protective eye gear and a respirator in order to block out any fumes or dust that might be expelled.  Make sure children and pets are far away from the area too - and that you have some sort of ventilation system to help clear the air as quickly as possible.

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