Drill one hole in the middle of the plug and use a hammer and small
screwdriver to prise the remainder out. In a previous incarnation I used to
dismantle church pews in bulk, and that was the best method I found.
hmm - good thinking. The skirting has also been painted - hopefully the
plugs wont be glued *as well* !!
I'll have a go at this, if things work out I will be happy, if not I'll have
to get the wrecking bar out and I'll not have lost anything.
Cheers for all the advice.
Not sure why you're so keen to re-use the old holes. I would have
thought that way you'd be making more trouble for yourself - how are
you going to drill pilot holes in the new skirting at exactly the
right places to match up with the plugs? Can be done, but a real
fiddle to get right. If I were you I'd be inclined to drill pilot
holes in the new skirting, offer the skirting up to the wall, using it
as a template to mark the position of new drill holes in the wall
(couple of inches away from the original holes).
yeh - good point! How can you tell I'm a DIY virgin !?
Suppose I dont really know what I'll do until I see whats behind the
skirting. Even if I dont use the same holes, it'll still be a lot nicer to
be able to take the old skirting off smoothly by unscrewing, rather than
ripping it off ! Less chance of taking the plaster off etc etc.
When you replace the skirting boards you will have the complementary
problem of how to re-fix them neatly!
The best way I have come across was posted by Jonathan Marsters
( firstname.lastname@example.org) back in 1996. See
I have recently re-fixed some skirting based on this idea. To get the
skirting in a straight run, as well as vertical, I put in a row of
support screws as per Jonathan's idea, then ran a piece of string across
the heads from left to right. I then adjusted the heads in and out to
get them all lined up.
In my case there was no plaster to support the top edge of the board
(don't ask!) so I used a pair of support screws at each location to
support and align both the top and bottom edges, and the fixed the board
with a third screw between these two.
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