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How to Remove Skirting

Updated November 21, 2016

Skirting, or baseboard, runs along the bottom of the interior walls of a home. The skirting hides the bottom edge of the wallboard and the flooring, and serves to protect the wall from scuffs caused by chair legs and foot traffic. Composite and wood skirting are fastened to the wall with finish nails, and the top edge of the skirting is often caulked. Alway try to remove the skirting without damaging the underlying wall. If you know the proper removal techniques, you can remove the skirting without damaging it.

Place a broad, flathead screwdriver in between the wall and the upper edge of the skirting.

Drive the head of the screwdriver down between the two by tapping its handle with a hammer.

Pull the handle of the screwdriver gently away from the wall to create a 1/4 inch gap.

Slide the end of an 18-inch pry bar behind the shaft of the screwdriver.

Work the pry bar down behind the skirting until you can't get it down any further. Keep it behind the shaft of the screwdriver.

Pull up on the crowbar handle to apply pressure to the shaft of the screwdriver. The tip of the pry bar will engage the shaft of the screwdriver. The even pressure distribution applied to the back of the screwdriver shaft will keep you from breaking the skirting as it is pried away from the wall.

Repeat this process every 6 inches along the entire length of the skirting until it's removed from the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Broad flathead screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • 18-inch pry bar
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