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How to Remove Drywall from Shiplap

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Shiplap is enjoying a popularity resurgence, made possible by cable television home remodeling shows. It has a distinct, rustic look, and can be found in older residences. Shiplap made of wide wood planks containing grooves, making it ideal for weather-proofing, which is why it’s found in residential home. Because of its rustic look, it is sometimes not desirable and covered with plaster or drywall. The drywall is made seamless with tape and paint. If you know there’s shiplap in good condition behind the drywall, you can remove the building material and expose the shiplap. Of course, you’ll need to know how to remove drywall from shiplap.

How to Remove Drywall from Shiplap

Drywall is constructed from gypsum rock, plaster, wood pulp, and/or other materials. It’s also known as plasterboard, gypsum board, or wallboard. Because of its composition, it can only be used in a climate controlled environment, which is why it is commonly used in residential homes, retail spaces, and professional offices. Drywall is “hung,” either against another wall material or directly over framing. It can be used for remodeling a home, like converting a den into a bedroom. It differs from plaster, which is often thicker, a material also common to interior walls.

A little light internet research reveals that shiplap is a kind of wooden board that’s often used for constructing sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings. Traditional shiplap has a rabbet (or groove) cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal. This also gives shiplap its distinctive appearance, with subtle horizontal reveals between each piece. —Apartment Therapy

Plaster is less common today than drywall because it can have imperfections, which is why there are those ugly popcorn ceilings you also want to remove. Because drywall is hung and isn’t integrated into the support wall, it can be taken down to expose shiplap. Here are the steps how to remove drywall from shiplap that you can follow as a do it yourself project:

  • Clear, cover, and seal the room. Drywall is composed of gypsum rock, which is crushed into a powder and then pressed between two very thick sheets of paper. When you break into wallboard, you’ll create a lot of dust. Clear the room out and cover whatever you can’t move out. Then, hang a sheet of plastic in the entry/exitway to keep the dust and debris inside the room.
  • Remove all wall decor and fixtures. Take down all the wall decor and fixtures, such as shelves, and put these outside the room. If you’re going to rehang the wall decor and fixtures, take a few pictures so you have a visual guide to follow later on.
  • Take down the wall trim. Put on eye protection, a dust mask, and a hat before you begin to remove the wallboard from the shiplap. Then, remove any trim, including chair railing, crown molding, baseboards, and the like.
  • Break into the drywall, then pry away sections. Using a claw hammer to gently break into the drywall, near the top. Tap on the drywall until you break through but don’t strike the hammer hard or you might make an impression or damage the shiplap. Once you break through, you can then use a prybar to tear the drywall down in large sections. Remove all the drywall until the shiplap is fully exposed.
  • Fill any holes in the shiplap with wood filler. Unfasten the retaining screws that held the drywall in-place and then use wood filler to fill the holes left behind. You can prime and paint the shiplap to finish.

After you have removed the drywall from the shiplap, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We’ll do all the remodeling debris cleanup for you so you can move onto the next phase. We have locations all about the area and can get out to do the junk cleanup, when and where you need us.

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