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Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:40:23 AM »
A poorly built back room/shed is attached to the back of our brick house. The ceiling is dry walled and never should have been. As water is leaking in and the drywall is so moldy you'd can smell it through the door now. In 2-3 years we will build a separate shed in the backyard and actually tear this back room down,, but for now we need it left to store our tools/saws/lawnmower.

So this ceiling drywall has to go now, and while at it we should  just tear out all the drywall in there (just the ceiling) and paneling  on the walls.

That said, I'm pregnant (but pretty fit/cleared for light lifting/crowbar work) and we just have a sedan and no trailer hitch.

I think the cheapest way is to get some giant heavy duty contractor garbage bags, have my husband spend a day tearing it out, and rent one of those Lowe's vans as $20 an hour to take the bags to the dump. (ETA - could I just throw a tarp down in our backseat and pile the bags in our Civic? Should I be leery of putting that in our own car?) We do have heavy duty masks with replaceable filters but I'm still a little cautious about helping. If really needed might hire a student to do grunt work with my husband  instead but it's not that big of a job.

Any ideas about saving more money here? Is this the cheapest way to get rid of the drywall?
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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 08:00:02 AM »
Tearing out the drywall yourself and taking it to the dump yourself it always going to the be cheapest. When we have construction debris it can usually be broken down to fit in black contractor bags, that either can be collected as part of our weekly trash pick (actually cheaper than going to the dump on our own) as we almost always make less than we are allowed; though sometimes we have to spread it out over a couple weeks. Or the dump is not out of the way when we go to the grocery store and the like, so taking a bag or two at a time in a non-truck is also an option.

Honestly drywall can be broken and taken out in any size pieces so your husband could do it on his own. In terms of health, pretty much no mold should make it past a properly fitting N/P 95 or 100 mask, but invest in a decent 1/2 or 3/4 face mask (and with god goggles, in not just a full face) and not one of those paper masks (they almost never fit properly).

Be prepared for the mushroom factor (perhaps literally). If the roof is leaking and the drywall is moldy, then there is a good chance that everything behind the drywall is too; that area will be moist, from the leak, warm, from what I assume is a dark roof, and have organic material, the wood framing, for the mold to feed on. Depending on if it is insulated and if so what kind of insulation it could be messy/moldy. You may find that whatever is behind the drywalls needs a good treatment to kill off the mold.

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 08:06:21 AM »
If you have (or could add) a trailer hitch, UHaul trailers are very cheap ($15/day for the small ones and $25/day for the large ones around here).

Even a UHaul cargo van will be less than $20/hr (but you do pay miles on it, so look at the overall picture).

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2017, 09:45:55 AM »
Make sure you add up all the fees. Most dumps have tipping fees. Mine is $15 per trip so if it takes you a half dozen trips to haul all that out with your car, you have to pay $15 each trip. Depending on what else you have or our planning, my preference is to simply rent an appropriately sized dumpster delivered to your house for a week. You don't have to futz around with breaking everything in bags or trying to stuff it in your car without scuffing up the seats or moldings. You simply just toss it in the dumpster. It is a good chance to do a deep cleaning and get rid of all the accumulated trash around your property. When you are done they pick it up and take it to the dump for you with no mess.

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2017, 11:12:34 AM »
Put a tarp down in the shed w/ rope tied to each corner.
Tear down the drywall.
Tear down enough of the paneling to see what the backside looks like.  Use that to determine if the paneling needs to come out.
Gather the corners of the trap via the ropes and drag it outside.   Open it up and let it dry.

Put it in contractor bags - how much you have will determine what you have to do to get rid of it.
I'd put it in the trunk instead of the back seat...  could even stack it up and not close the trunk.

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 04:38:19 PM »
I don't know what your trash service is like... but for small DIY jobs, I've always just neatly bundled drywall and set it out by the curb.   The trash trucks just pick it up and we're done.  Make sure you don't drop nails in the driveway that will give yourself a flat.  And don't put it out if if looks like rain because that will just make a big squishy pile of yuck.
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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017, 07:09:09 AM »
Respirator and black contractor bags in normal trash. Total cost like 30 bucks.

Now get to work!

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2017, 07:29:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies! Very helpful. You're all so right on the smaller scale. And if we can get it in a tarp instead of contractor bags...

Last time we tore out walls it was two full rooms, and plaster and lath not drywall. 

Maybe we can squeeze it into normal trash and/or one or two sedan runs. (i think ours is $15 and no per-pound cost up to 200 kg).

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Re: Cheapest/safe tear-out/disposal of moldy shed drywall?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2017, 08:55:48 AM »
Thanks for the replies! Very helpful. You're all so right on the smaller scale. And if we can get it in a tarp instead of contractor bags...

Last time we tore out walls it was two full rooms, and plaster and lath not drywall. 

Maybe we can squeeze it into normal trash and/or one or two sedan runs. (i think ours is $15 and no per-pound cost up to 200 kg).

When I've done larger areas... If I have room, I'll put out an appropriate amount each week until it's done.  I've also taken it to work and tossed it in work dumpsters.   (Insert cautionary reminder that you should have permission blah, blah, don't overfill their dumpster, blah, blah...)
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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
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