OK. Probably a really stupid question but,
How easy is it to remove skirting boards? (Are they nailed on?)
Am I likely to be able to re-use them after removing them?
How do I stick them back on? (Do I have to nail them or something or
can I use 'No Nails' or something?)
Typically nailed on, although the nails have probably partly rusted and
are going to grip really well.
If you remove them carefully, they should go back. I have a special
nail-head remover drill bit - it looks like a hollow cone at the end.
You find the sunken nails with a metal detector and push this bit down
on the nail head, which it removes. The skirting board comes off,
leaving the shafts of the nails sticking out of the wall. They can then
be pulled out.
To replace, nail back using the old holes but larger nails, the
countersink hole left by the head remover can be filled with plastic
wood, or putty.
I bought mine from Trago - which has brances in Devon and Cornwall.
The beauty is that, unlike punching the nails through, the same holes
can be re-used as they aren't enlarged significantly.
LOL, although I don't think you are supposed to use it for this, you can
use it to make pins to pin things together.
Simply belt a nail into one piece of wood, leaving it standing proud.
Then grind the top of the nail off, to leave a pointed "spike". Then
put another bit of wood over the spike and tap it into place.. Holds
stuff together whilst the glue on biscuits or dowels dries.
All depends wether its old skirting? also wether its been taken off before?
they might be nailed on.
You can reuse the skirting but its cheap enough nowadays to replace ie its
55p a foot for 6" taurus by me.
See what price it is by you?
find the smallest magnet you can(the type found in small headphones
speakers), and gentley glide it over the skirting till the magnet sticks or
buy a cheap metal detector.
When nails are found hammer them right through the skirting with a center
Especially if the wall isn't straight. Trying to bend and fix skirting
over contours never looks right. If you let it sit straight and back
fill with plaster, it creates an illusion of straightness in walls that
If the OPs house is 6 years old, the old boards are possibly /
probably stuck on with that allready, straight onto the drywall, which
renders alot of the usefull tips to deal with nails useless and
renders the old boards useless too.
hmmm. Yeh. Pulled one off.
Stuck on with 2" nails straigh into the plasterboard. Going ot be a job
not to wreck the plaster as well....
Skirtings were made of that crappy chipboard/carbboardy stuff not solid
Should I drill the nails out first rather than yanking it. I'm afraid
of wrecking the plaster too much.
I have removed and replaced a fair number of skirting boards, particularly
in old houses; the bottoms of these were then planed to allow for flooring
above the original and nailed back on. I have found that the best way to
remove the old nails is from the rear, if they are pulled from the front
then the wood will tend to splinter; lever the skirting board from the wall
and then pull the nails right through with a sideways pull from a claw
hammer. New nails or even the old can then be nailed through the existing
holes and even better they can match up with the holes in the lath or
Managed to get the skirting boards off without too much problem in the
end. They pretty much pulled off. Then I was able to pull the masonry
nails out with a claw hammer afterwards.
Sticking the new boards back on wasn't so easy. Admitedly, not helped
by a couple of B&Q banana-shape skirting boards. In the end I glued
using no-nails and used a few small nails at the ends and middle as
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