Denver and Boulder Colorado Hardwood Flooring Installation
Removing Existing Base Moulding
Whether installing new flooring, refinishing existing hardwood flooring, or just adding a touch of class to your home with new base moulding, you will need to remove the old base. This is fairly simple to do with a little bit of patience and the right tools. All you should need is a utility knife, hammer, pry bar, pliers, safety goggles, and a set of knee pads.
When the base is first installed, it is usually nailed to each wall stud at the top and bottom of the base. Then a bead of painters caulk is run along the top edge where the base meets the wall. This is done to fill in any voids and give a nice clean look after the painting is done.
Check Out This Easy-To-Follow, "How to Remove Caulk Moulding" Video Below
Cutting the Caulk Line
The first step is to cut this caulk line by running the blade or your utility knife just above the top of base and slightly into the drywall. Take your time and work in small sections so as not to cut into the base or too high up into the drywall.
This will separate the base from the painted drywall so it will not tear when it is pulled from the wall.
Freeing the Base From the Walls
Now, using the hammer, tap the pry bar between the floor and the bottom of the base. It seems to work best if you start at the middle of a section as opposed to an end where there are usually more nails.
Gently pry the base up and down until a gap appears between the wall and the top of the base. This gap should give you enough room to insert the pry par and pull it away from the wall. Go easy and take your time as not to dent the drywall or break the base.
You may notice some areas where the caulk was a bit thick and still attached to the base and wall. Again, cut this with the utility knife until the base is free. Work your way prying along the length of each board until it is completely free from the wall.
Continue this procedure until all the moulding is removed. You can now use your hammer or pliers to remove the nails left in the wall. Be careful not to be too aggressive inn this step as you can easily put holes into the drywall.
If you are going to install new base, you are done. If the old base is going to be put back on you will have one more step to complete.
Reattaching the Base
Putting the base back on after your project is complete will be very simple if you follow these few steps.
First, as you are removing the base, mark each piece with a number or letter and mark the corresponding wall with the same number or letter. This will save a lot of guess work as to where each piece will go back.
Next, remove any nails that have been left in the board by pulling them through the back side of the base with your pliers. You can try to bang them back through the front side but this will leave more nail holes and chips that will need to be filled before touch up painting.
Finally, using your utility knife, carefully cut away any excess caulk that may be attached to the top of the base. This will give you a nice clean edge when it is reattached to the wall. Also remove any excess caulk from the wall being careful not to tear the paint.