The DIY Demo Step You Should Never Forget

Whenever you’re remodeling, it’s important to protect any uncarpeted floors from demolition debris and dropped tools. When canvas drop cloths aren’t enough, I use 4 x 8-ft. sheets of 1/8-in. tempered hardboard, commonly called Masonite.

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Protect your floors!

Whenever you’re remodeling, it’s important to protect any uncarpeted floors from demolition debris and dropped tools. When canvas drop cloths aren’t enough, I use 4 x 8-ft. sheets of 1/8-in. tempered hardboard, commonly called Masonite. Start by thoroughly vacuuming the floors so grit doesn’t scratch the floor-ing under the hardboard. Then cut and lay down the hardboard and duct-tape the pieces together at the seams. If you’ll be running the HVAC system during the remodel, be sure you don’t cover grilles or registers. Finally, seal around the perimeter with masking tape so grit can’t get under-neath the hardboard at the edges. A sheet of 1/8-in. hardboard costs about $5 at home centers. Plus: These are the all-time most useful hand tools for DIY demolition.

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