Baseboards, Trim and Casings
That highly detailed old trim, window, and door casings have unique aesthetic appeal is obvious, but Haines says that even seemingly beat up or paint encrusted baseboards are often diamonds in the rough, and worth taking special care when removing them. “A lot of special woods were put into trim in the old days: mahogany, teak, walnut, cherry along with old pine and oak,” Haines says. “You don’t see foot-tall baseboard molding anymore, and today they use foamcore or an engineered product, not solid wood.”
To remove molding, Haines says to take your time and use a flat pry bar and a piece of wood to protect your wall or floor as you pry. If small headless nails were used then it’s often better to pull them through then pull them out. For square head nails, try to use a multi tool to cut through them, or put your pry bar so that it’s touching the nail when you push, or you’ll generally crack the wood.
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