Unless Irreplaceable Antique Trim plan to Scrap Removed Baseboard Trim
By Mark J. Donovan
||There are a couple of reasons why it is sometimes necessary to remove baseboard trim and replace it. First, over time baseboard trim can become nicked up by repeated hits by a vacuum cleaner and other objects. As a result it can become unsightly. Second, when installing new ceramic tile, hardwood floors or even new carpet, it is sometimes necessary and wise to remove old baseboard trim and replace it after the new floor has been installed. This way the old baseboard trim does not become “buried” in the floor.
Tools Required for Removing Baseboard Trim
To remove baseboard trim you will need a claw hammer, nail punch, a pry bar, and a small flat piece of scrap wood, e.g. 2”x3”x ¼” piece of plywood.
Removing Baseboard Trim
First, unless the baseboard trim is a treasured antique trim that you absolutely cannot find an equivalent replacement, don’t plan on reusing the old trim.
To begin the process of removing baseboard trim, use your hammer and nail punch to punch the finished nails through the majority of the baseboard would material.
|Next, on one end of the baseboard trim piece, place your block of small wood just above the baseboard trim and then tap in your pry bar behind the upper edge of the baseboard trim. Use your hammer to tap in the pry bar.
Once you have tapped the pry bar behind the back top edge of the baseboard trim, pry the baseboard trim loose from the wall, using the small scrap board as leverage and for protecting the wall surface.
As you begin to pry and remove the baseboard trim away from the wall slide the pry bar down a few inches and continue to pry more of the baseboard trim away from the wall.
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