Breaking through a non-load bearing wall
I know that HGTV shows are full of bad advice, but watching them causes me to ask: what's the first step in removing a non-load bearing wall? On the TV shows, they start by taking some sort of sledge hammer and making a couple holes in the wall. They usually have the homeowner do it and then they cut away to later shots where the drywall is neatly trimmed away. Are the sledge hammer holes how professionals begin, or is this just for dramatic effect?
I don't have any plans to do this, by the way. Just curious.