Project Overview

Removing a stud wall is a simple job when you know how. Doing it yourself can also save you a lot of money. We show you all the basic steps involved and tell you what tools you need. You will also get some tips to make the job quicker and easier.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Check with an engineer to make sure it is safe to remove the wall
2 Remove the doorjamb from the frame
3 Remove the noggins from between the studs
4 Remove the studs
5 Remove the top and bottom plates
  • Step 1. Check with an engineer to make sure it is safe to remove the wall

    Some stud walls do more than just separate rooms – they help hold the building together. Before you remove any wall, check with a structural engineer. They can tell you whether the wall is structural or not. Once you’ve got the all clear then you can get started.
  • Step 2. Remove the doorjamb from the frame

    If your wall had a doorway in it, the first thing you need to do is remove the doorjamb. Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails and wedges holding the jamb onto the frame. Once the nails and wedges are out of the way, use a wrecking bar to pry the jamb out.
  • Step 3. Remove the noggins from between the studs

    The short horizontal pieces that sit between the vertical timber studs are called noggins. These are used to strengthen the wall and separate the studs. They are only held in place with nails. Use a hammer to knock the noggins out from between the studs.
  • Step 4. Remove the studs

    Cut the vertical studs in half with a saw. Then grab each half-stud and move it backwards and forwards until it comes off the frame. Each half-stud is attached to the frame with a couple of nails so it should come off fairly easily.
  • Step 5. Remove the top and bottom plates

    Use a reciprocating saw to disconnect the top plate from the rest of the house frame. Then use a wrecking bar to pry the top plate away from the frame. The bottom plate is removed the same way. If the bottom plate connects to the rest of the house frame, cut it off. Then use a wrecking bar to pry the plate up.
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