HOW TO REMOVE AN OLD KITCHEN - Fitting a new kitchen in your home can really add value to your property and make the whole home feel brand new. The kitchen is the heart of the home but before you can fit your new kitchen you’ll have to remove the existing one. In this guide we’ll show you the best way to remove your old kitchen with easy to follow steps
Think about what you are going to do with your old kitchen. Where are you going to put it once you remove it. You do not want to remove and dismantle the unit and just place them where you are working. You need to get them out of your way so that the job is easier.
When you dismantle the units they can be stacked and it’s easier if you stack these outside until you can dispose of them. Alternatively, order a skip and dispose of them that way. If you do order a skip don’t be tempted just to remove the units and throw them in. This will quickly fill the skip and you’ll end up either having to order another skip or empty it and dismantle the units. The easiest method is just to dismantle each unit as you go and lay the flat pieces in the skip.
Before you get work turn off the power, water and gas at the mains. Don’t forget to leave Post It notes on each of these so that others know that you have turned them off and are working. This will save anyone from accidentally turning them on while you are working. The last thing you want, for example, is for someone to turn on the water mains while you have all the plumbing disconnected.
Empty all the kitchen cabinets and store the contents in a storage area out of the kitchen. Find a spare room or cupboard to store all this. The less you have in the working space the easier and quicker removing your old kitchen will be.
Unplug any appliances and again move these out of the way into a storage area. Again, removing large objects out of the way will make the job easier and quicker plus it will save any possible accidents that could damage your appliances.
Remove all the cabinet doors using a screw driver. You can neatly stack these outside or throw them directly into a skip that you hired. Don’t just take off all the doors and stack them where you are working – get them out of the way. It’s useful if you have help and as you dismantle the kitchen the other person can remove pieces and stack them outside or place them in the skip.
In this step you need to disconnect the plumbing for the kitchen sink and taps. You’ll need a wrench and a spanner. You did turn off the water didn’t you? If not do so now! Before you start unscrewing the nuts on the taps, open these fully. You should find that there is water still in the pipes that needs draining. Once the water has stopped you can go under the sink and disconnect the taps and waste pipe on the sink.
NOTE: Leave the waste trap in place as you’ll be using this for your new sink. While you are under the sink, take a screwdriver and undo the brackets that hold the sink in place. There should be four of these, two at the back and two at the front. You can now lift out the taps and the sink and discard these.
Time to go back under the units. Take your screwdriver and unscrew all the holding plates that attach the counter tops to the kitchen units. Counter tops are heavy so it’s advisable you get someone to help you lift these off the kitchen units and discard them. If you like you can use a saw to cut them into more manageable, and less heavy pieces.
Kitchen cabinets are linked together to form stability. At the sides of the cabinets, in all four corners, unscrew the anchor screws on all the cabinets. At the back of each cabinet unscrew the wall brackets that hold the cabinets to the walls. Once you have completed this you should be able to remove one unit at a time. Don’t try and do it all at once. Just remove one cabinet at a time and using a screwdriver, dismantle it right now to its individual panels. This will make it easier to take outside and dispose of in the skip – it will also save a lot of space in the skip which will save you from having to hire more than one as mentioned in Step 1.
Once all the kitchen units have been dismantled and discarded you can begin work on the wall cabinets. You will probably need step ladders so position these in a place so that the cabinet is easy to reach – DO NOT over stretch yourself on a ladder otherwise you run the risk of falling off and causing yourself injury. Always move the ladder along with the unit you are working on.
Start by removing all the doors. Once all the doors are off, and discarded, undo the screws that connect each of the wall units together, exactly as you did with the floor units above.
WARNING – the last step is to unscrew the units from the brackets that hold them onto the wall. The units will be fairly light with no content in the and for the fact that the doors have been removed, but it is still advisable to have someone hold the until while you unscrew it to support the weight. Once each wall cabinet is removed, dismantle it on the floor into its flat components and then discard.
Once you have removed the wall cabinets you will have an empty kitchen with very little mess as you cleaned up the units as you went along. You’ll probably want to give the floor a sweep before your new kitchen is fitted and you’ll certainly want a cup of tea. Hold on… Didn’t you turn the water off and aren’t the pipes without taps? Sure they are, so check to see if there are turn off values at the base of each tap pipe – there generally are. Turn these to the off position and it’ll be fine to turn the water back on. If you don’t have these valves you can temporarily fit stop nuts – ask at your local DIY store. You can now turn on the electricity as well but do make sure you don’t have any bear wiring exposed. If you do, cap these off – again, you can buy wiring caps at most DIY stores.