You can save on remodeling by preparing a space as much as possible before the builders arrive. With the proper tools, removing a non-load bearing wall is a simple task, and loads of fun.
First, make sure the wall you want to remove isn't load bearing and shut off the breaker if there is power running to an outlet or switch in the wall.
Then assemble your tools, which will include: a reciprocating saw, a flat/pry bar, a box cutter, and a hammer. You should also wear work gloves and eye protection (unlike Josh in the above video from eHow).
Start by removing any trim or moulding using your flat bar and hammer. Then use your knife and cut through the tape and mud that is at the seams along the ceiling and corners.
Then the fun begins! Using your hammer, break through the plaster and pull it off to reveal the studs. Remove the vertical studs using your recip saw and pry up the floor studs with your flat bar. Check out the video above to see the process in action.
Tool Tip Basics: Tearing Down a Wall [eHowatHomeChannel]