How to remove skirting boards

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How to remove skirting boards

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Project Overview

Removing skirting board is a quick and simple job with the right tools and know-how. We show you how to loosen the skirting with a chisel and pry it off using a wrecking bar. We’ll also give you a few tips to help protect the surface of the wall.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Loosen the skirting board
2 Pry the skirting off the wall
  • Step 1. Loosen the skirting board

    Run your trimming knife along the top of the skirting board where it joins the wall. This keeps any paint on your wall from sticking to the skirting. Then use the hammer to gently ease the chisel between the skirting and wall. Start at one end and work your way along, loosening the board as you go.
  • Step 2. Pry the skirting off the wall

    Once the skirting board is loose, use the wrecking bar to pry it off the wall. The most effective way is to push off against the wall studs. Using the wall stud for support also helps protect the plaster from being damaged. When all the nails are out of the wall, the board should come away easily.

Tools and Materials


  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Trimming knife
  • Wrecking bar

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