Heavy-duty snips are a must
If you’re looking to cut through sheet metal, grab a pair of snips. Snips will come in handy if you’re working on replacing old HVAC ducts.
Cut off the nails on the plates
After you’ve bashed the studs out of place, use a reciprocating saw to slice off the nails that held them down. Even if you’re not planning to reuse the plates, it’s a good way to avoid stepping on a nail. Make sure you use a bimetal saw blade; it’ll slice right through the nails.
Cover a concrete slab
When breaking up a concrete slab, stop flying chunks of shrapnel with a sheet of plastic. Jagged chunks of concrete can damage siding and break windows, and it’s a real chore to clean up.