How to Remove Plywood From a Wall

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Things You'll Need

  • Professional crayon

  • Claw hammer

  • Nail puller

  • Screwdriver

Plywood is a strong and stable construction material, made out of very thin sheets of wood veneer. Laminates hold the sheets of veneer together to form a sturdy building product. Generally, drywall, plaster or cement backer board covers walls, but plywood is another option. Contractors and do-it-yourselfers install plywood over wall studs when hanging veneers. Plywood offers a secure and long-standing base for faux stone walls. Removing plywood from the wall studs is necessary after removing the veneer exterior and before refinishing the wall with paint or wallpaper. Employing the correct technique will facilitate a smoother job.


Step 1

Locate the nails or screws on the surface of the plywood and mark each with an "X" or a circle. Use a professional crayon to mark the fasteners.

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Step 2

Wedge the claw end of a hammer under the head of the nail. Press the handle of the hammer toward the wall to lift and remove the nail. If you cannot wedge the hammer under the nail, place the "V" section of a nail puller next to the nail head; strike the end of the nail puller with a hammer to force the "V" under the nail head. Press the nail puller toward the wall to pop the nail out of position. If screws hold the plywood, insert the tip of a screwdriver into the screw head and turn the screwdriver counterclockwise to loosen and remove the screws.


Step 3

Continue to pry nails or loosen screws; remove them until all fasteners are out of one plywood sheet. Keep one hand on the plywood sheet to prevent it from falling on you. Allow the plywood to fall away from the wall studs enough to allow your hands room to grasp the edges and lift away from the wall.


Wear safety glasses, protective gloves and a dust mask when removing plywood from walls. Work with a helper when lifting sheets of plywood.


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