Need a contractor to explain the process of DEMOLITION

Hi. I am writing an article called Demolition Derby: The Process of Tearing Down a House. Would any of the pros out there like to be interviewed for this article? It will go out in syndicate and I will link to your site and to your Hometalk profile. This is great press for you.
q need a contractor to explain the process of demolition, home improvement
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 24, 2013
    In my area most "demolition" is outlawed and they need to use "de-construction" where building material are separated for recycling, and reprocessing.

  • You will find the "process" varies wildly from not only different jurisdictions (as mentioned by KMS) but by contractors & knowledge of the laws. In most cases utilities are shut off, some items may or may not be removed from the building, permits may or may not be pulled (if required), and depending on size, scope, access, etc... the building generally is knocked down by a backhoe or similar piece of equipment & then placed in a dumpster to be hauled off. In some cases the house may also be used as a practice environment by the local fire department before it is demolished. In the picture above I noticed they are not using a hose to knock down dust or other containments - this varies wildly based on local laws For homes built before 78, many more homeowners are selecting this option as the RRP no longer applies which can save a ton of money & headaches - though OSHA & other regulations still do apply EDIT: yes you can call if you would like unless someone else wants in / you find someone else

  • Someone should jump on this opportunity, Chaya K!

  • SLS is right on with his post. With lead paint laws nation wide they must contain dust by keeping water on the demo if the house is older then 1972. The hose also prevents possible fires as some dust can ignite if conditions are right. Although most areas require special prep prior to tearing down a house, those areas located where Sandy hit have been removed without much enforcement. In another site that I follow the discussion was talked about the mold that has developed because of the past storm and how many contractors in an effort to win bids are skirting safety by not wearing proper masks and personal protection. Much like 9-11 when they tore into the fallen towers to try to save and rescue people, and after which the simply worked without proper protection. Many have fallen ill and or died as a result. We will begin to see this same thing happen as the towns are looking the other way as they allow unqualified people in to do the work properly and safely, This same thing will happen with the demo companies, They are not following any rules, the towns are looking the other way in an effort to get it done and in a few short years we will be hearing how many of these demo people have contaminated the soils and air and how they want our government to help them because they are sick from doing the job wrong.

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Jan 25, 2013
    Living in one of those areas Bob~ aka Woodbridge Environmental ( hi Bob! ) was speaking of I have to agree, knock downs are being done willy nilly and trouble will probably follow. And with the new Fema flood maps more houses will come down because of the height rules. (Bob was instrumental to my husband and myself in Sandy's aftermath, we are still very appreciative!!)

  • Kathleen, thanks! Glad I could offer some advice. A family friend of mine just got word after she spent thousands to repair her house that she will need to lift it. The government gave her the money to fix the house and to help her cover some of the costs the insurance did not. All well and good, however after she spent it it turns out she needs to start over again. Had they told her that they wanted this done, prior to the rebuilding, she would have put that money into raising the house and would have done things entirely different. Now if she wants to have flood insurance she needs to choke up another $30 grand to raise the house or forgo flood insurance. If she does not do this. Her home value will drop to below what the mortgage is on it. Putting her again under water but with the bank. It is great the government is helping, but they need to get this right the first time and not keep changing up the rules as they go on. This type of disaster that has repeated itself over and over again in the south should have taught the government some lessons on how to approach this issue but it has not. This same issue will occur with those who are tearing down the wrecks and to those rebuilding if they do not follow the proper protocol in doing so. Putting not only their lives at risk for a few dollars, but to those who reside in the area around them. I even offered a contractor on a house next to one I was working on dust masks. The house was filled with mold. They turned me down saying it was not bothering them at all. Yea, wait. They said that they do this all the time so they were not going to worry about this job at this point in time. Sad.

  • Cor1382303 Cor1382303 on Nov 19, 2015
    Chaya, what a neat idea to share an article with other people especially about the process of demolition. It sure is something that has me wanting to know more about because of the project that my brother and I are going to be doing for tomorrow. Our plans tomorrow will be to tear down a wall connecting her living room to the laundry. <a href='' ></a>