I'm in the middle of completely gutting and rehabbing a
house. So far, the debris has required two 20-yard trash containers to the tune
of $800. When you're talking about trash containers, space is money. In fact,
in my case, every cubic yard of space is worth somewhere around $20. That adds
I use several strategies to cram in as much debris as possible as it's
filled. Here are a few of them.
possible, put big, flat stuff on the floor first. That includes plywood,
doors (knobs knocked off and frames knocked apart) carpeting and pad (cut
into squares and laid flat), etc.
drywall in next. Big chunks are fine if you can lay them flat. Otherwise,
break sheets into smaller pieces or fold them up. Then layer them in like
Knock apart wall sections to eliminate stud spaces. Pile the lumber neatly
against one side of the container.
is chock-full of nails, and they create voids. Flatten them all and stack
the trim as tightly as you can.
cable can fill tons of space. Fold it into tight packages and tuck it into
If you just willy-nilly toss
material over the side of your dumpster, you'll be wasting lots of money and paying to dump air.
It's not exactly rocket science--just smart thinking about material placement
as it goes into the container. With a bit of rearranging and planning, you can cram
in two to three times the amount of rubbish.
Here are a couple of stories on
demolition on FamilyHandyman.com that might help:
- Ripping out concrete: Concrete Demolition Tools and Tips
- Replacing a bearing wall with a
beam: How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam
- Travis Larson, Senior Editor