How To: Use a Sledgehammer

Follow Jonathan Scott of the Property Brother's top tips for ensuring things don't get out of hand when using a sledgehammer.

The first time you use a sledgehammer, it can be liberating, empowering and stress relieving. Yet, things can go seriously wrong if you just blast through a wall with ambition. Safety is so important, so we've included Drew's top tips for ensuring a smooth renovation.


You want to have glasses, masks and gloves on hand. Go down to the circuit breaker and make sure you shut off any electrical in the wall; you want to shut off water and gas. Also ensure it's not a low bearing wall as it could take out the rest of the wall and cave in. Finally, ensure you stop frequently to investigate inside the wall we're you've opened it up. You want to make sure there are no other surprises.

Take Things Slowly

Take things slowly and inspect. A lot of old wraps in the wall contain asbestos. It's important to have someone come in, test it out, and make sure that it's clean before you proceed with any demolition.

Plan ahead and take things slowly,  as it's the safest way to do it.

Get more renovation tips and don't miss Series 2 of Brother vs Brother Wednesdays at 8.30pm, only on LifeStyle HOME. 

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