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Thread: Tip for pulling nailed drywall off for reuse

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Tip for pulling nailed drywall off for reuse

    The walls that were already in my shop are covered with 3/8" drywall and 1/2" foam insulation under that. I started tearing into the section that had the electrical panel in it today. I may end up re-using some of the drywall to save cost, so here's a little trick from my dry walling days that my dad had taught me when the piece is hung with nails. With screws you can usually just, unscrew the piece. This is also usually when the piece hasn't been mudded or you have an easy way to locate the nails/screws.

    Trying to pry out nails will usually damage a large area around the nail. Instead put the smallest hole saw in your drill you have (could only find my 1"), jab the teeth of the saw into the paper around the nail holding the drywall, then pull the trigger, otherwise the saw will wander off.

    Cut through the drywall around each nail in this manor and you can removed the drywall in one piece. The piece still has enough integrity to be reused, just mud/tape the holes from the previous installation.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Pull Drywall

    Clever, logical, simply accomplished idea that I just plain would not have thought of.

    Thanks and Enjoy,

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    HMMMM, that's not the way Mike Holmes does it, he uses a big sledge hammer....
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
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    Amherst, New Hampshire
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Syracuse, Nebraska
    Hmmmm.......that's really a cheap....errrr...frugal way of doing it..

    Good idea really

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