I have really high victorian skirting board that i wish to remove
before putting wooden floor down( cant stand beading!) . does anybody
know a way of taking it off with out damaging it and doing as little
damage as possible to the plaster behind it ? any suggestions would be
If I knew that, I would be a rich man! I have just removed mine for the same
reason, threw it all away and damaged the plaster (badly in one spot) :-((
but it wasn't nice Victorian stuff.
Use the widest, flattest bolster chisel you can find and split a length away
from the wall in several places before trying to pull it.
Damage the plaster in preference to the wood. It's much easier to patch.
(anti-spam is as easy as 1-2-3 - not)
I think that you will have real difficulty getting it off non-destuctively -
and it's best to think in terms of replacing it. If you want to match the
existing section, but can't find any, it sounds like a good excuse to ask
Father Christmas for a router so that you can make your own.
An alternative which you could consider - and I don't know how well this
would work - would be to remove and replace the bottom 3 or 4 inches of the
skirting, having run a circular saw along horizontally at the appropriate
height (finishing by hand in the corners). The top part of the existing
skirting hopefully wouldn't impede your flooring activities too much. The
difficult bit would be replacing the lower section without the joint
If it's a high skirting board, it's probably made in sections, with the
largest bottom part you'll want to remove the final one to be fixed when
new. But it will also be fixed by cut nails, which don't give up easily.
To facilitate making good when replacing, I'd strip the paint at the
fixings - find a couple and you'll get the spacing - and remove the nails
first to avoid splitting the wood - holes are easier to fill. Also strip
the paint at the top where it joins the rest.
There probably won't be any plaster behind this part - it will be spaced
off the brick or studs with wood battens.
*I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
These old skirtings are made from a flat panel and a moulding on top, so you
need to remove the moulding first by taking a wide bolster and pushing it
between the top moulding and the vertical panel, then wedge the top mould
upward and off. You'll find that you bend a few nails in this operation,
but it's the simplest and least destructive way of doing it.
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