How to remove architraves

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Project Overview

Replacing old architraves can give your home a whole new look. We’ll show you how to remove them in just three easy steps.  You’ll learn how to pry the timber mouldings safely from a wall, and how to protect your walls during the process. Before you start, arrange some drop sheets around the area and remember to always wear your safety gear. 

Continue to Step-by-step instructions.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Make a gap between the architrave and wall
2 Make the gap wider with a hammer and chisel
3 Pry the timber moulding away from the wall
  • Step 1. Make a gap between the architrave and wall

    Take your utility knife and slide the blade along the seam between the timber moulding of the architrave and the wall. Gently cut through any layers of paint that may be covering the seam and create a clean gap between the moulding and the wall. This will help stop the paint peeling off the wall when you pull the architrave away from it.

  • Step 2. Make the gap wider with a hammer and chisel

    Now use your hammer and chisel to start pulling the architrave away from the wall. Wedge the chisel in the gap and gradually work your way around the timber moulding, using gentle hammer taps to avoid splitting the timber or the damaging the wall. Carefully pull the timber moulding away from the wall to loosen any nails and to make the gap wider.

  • Step 3. Pry the timber moulding away from the wall

    Now take your pry bar and wedge it in behind the timber. It’s a good idea to also wedge a packer between the pry bar and wall so that you don’t mark or dent the wall. Then use the pry bar to pull the timber away from the wall. There will be a lot of exposed nails in the timber so wear gloves when handling it for added protection. 

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Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.

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