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Stuff We Love: Dealing with Demo

Check out these handy products for keeping things clean during demolition.

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Bags Tough Enough for Demo

Demo work is tough enough without dealing with plastic bags that tear, fall apart or leave a trail of debris all the way to the dumpster. These demo bags are made of tear-resistant polypropylene and hold up when the heaviest of plastic bags won’t.

I like the tall 45-gallon size, so I can fill it most of the way and sling it over my shoulder for easy carrying. As long as you have a place to dump your debris, you can re-use them many times, meaning a little less in the landfill.

A box of 20 is $25, so in the long run you’ll save money over single-use plastic bags. Find them online, or in home improvement and hardware stores.

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Vac in A Box

Shop vacuums are space hogs. Finding a place to store the hose, cord and accessories always seems problematic.

I got one of these Rigid ProPack vacuums when they first came out and absolutely love it. You can’t beat the portability and storage features of this compact box design. Everything stows neatly in two compartments, so it takes up little space in your shop or truck.

This new 10-gallon version with wheels costs $170. My original 4.5-gallon version can still be found for $100. Both are available online and at The Home Depot.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.