The Breakout

Before providing design or price estimates to our customers, it’s crucial to address the removal of old closet materials, unless the home is newly constructed or has undergone recent remodeling.

In many modern homes, wire shelving is commonly found in closets. Removing such shelving can be a meticulous process, especially due to the back clips positioned approximately every foot along the back wall to secure the wire shelf. Careful attention is required to extract the nails without damaging the drywall – removing the nail with side cutter pliers by working the tip under the head is the recommended technique. Once mastered, removing the back clips becomes a swift task. It’s important to note that the removal of back clips results in visible holes in the drywall. Customers should be informed and encouraged to address any necessary drywall repairs and painting before installing the new organizer system, ensuring a smoother and more efficient process.

If the customer is comfortable with visible holes after installation, the option to remove existing shelving can be presented.

There are three primary categories of breakouts:

  1. Light Breakout:
    • Involves the removal of a single wire shelf spanning the closet’s length or a simple pole-and-shelf setup.
    • Typically takes 10–15 minutes to complete with basic hand tools.
    • This service may be provided at no additional cost to the customer.
  2. Medium Breakout:
    • Includes standard wire shelving or pole and shelf, with potential extras like additional shelving, poles, a basic shelf system, or removal of conflicting corner and/or edge moulding.
    • Can be completed within 20–30 minutes using hand tools.
    • An extra charge may be applicable for this service.
  3. Heavy Breakout:
    • Involves the removal of an existing organizer unit with multiple shelves, gables, and components.
    • Requires 30–60 minutes for completion.
    • An additional charge will be applied for this more extensive service.


This comprehensive approach ensures that customers are well-informed about the process and potential charges, promoting transparency and efficient project planning.

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