The Ins and Outs of Kitchen Strip Outs

There are many reasons why you may be in need of assistance with kitchen remodelling. New flooring, new appliances, or maybe you had a flood and just need everything stripped out of your kitchen. Kitchen strip outs can be easy if you know what you are doing; if you are inexperienced, it’s probably best to hire an expert.

The process of kitchen strip outs usually involves removing the kitchen elements in the opposite order that they were installed.  Start by removing the appliances to make room for the other elements that will be removed. Make sure all appliances are disconnected, all gas and water flows turned off. Have a dolly for the heavy appliances to make them easier to move.

Next remove the plumbing fixtures, which will typically include the sink and the dishwasher. Before doing so make sure all water supplies are turned off at the source and have a bucket ready for drainage of any water that may be left in the pipes.

The removal of the countertops should be fairly easy. Countertops are usually attached to the cabinets by clips or screws that are drilled in from below, through the cabinet framing. All these will need to be taken out before you remove the countertop. After removal of the screws, if the countertop does not move freely, you might need to pry it free with a pry bar.

When stripping out the cabinets start with the base cabinets first, that way you are not reaching over these to take down the upper cabinets. Stock box cabinets will just need the screws removed in order to pull them down. If they are built in, you may need to rip or cut them apart to take them out.

Dealing with the addition or removal of windows and doors in kitchen strip outs is the last step. First remove all interior casing around the unit, then all the nails. Pull all nails securing the exterior casing and the unit should come free.

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