Salvaging trim...

Currently, I am refinishing several rooms in a house. All trim in the room is pretty standard stock, and it is stained. In such a situation, how do you determine if it is worth it to salage the trim?
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What kind of wood is it, what style , how old. Birch on alot of 30s houses with dark stain is usualy not worth alot of effort. Its dark for a reason. Stress grain takes stain in stripes..
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<< how do you determine if it is worth it to salage the trim? >>
Measure the trim. Make a list. Figure how many full size pieces you need (it comes in 6', 8', 10' sizes). Take your list to a supply source and get prices. Check your tools. Is your miter saw blade nice and sharp? Do you have some of the neat trim removal tools that are on the market now? Do you like the looks of the trim you have now? Look at your checkbook. Consider your available time. Bottom line, you will save time and money reusing what you have. It's a personal choice and you may save some, do some over. Good luck.
Joe
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On 8 Dec 2003 07:00:43 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (johnny) wrote:

Weigh the pros and cons. It takes more time to remove the trim without damaging it. Is the trim in good shape? Do you want another kind of trim? If you decide to buy new trim, maybe you can get someone to remove your existing trim at no cost.
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