How to Remove and Reinstall Baseboards

The baseboards installed in our homes are a pretty old and somewhat a common tradition of all times. It is basically a narrow length strip, made of wood or plastic that goes along the bottom ofthe wall and makes an elegant looking border between the lowest of the wall and the floor. It is almost found in every building and if appropriately installed delivers an extremely neat and sophisticated appearance. Uninstalling of these baseboards is quite a known task as these can be uninstalled for so many reasons which may include;

  • Plans for replacing the existing floor definitely require the removal of the baseboard first.
  • There is a change in the color scheming of the room, so you must need to update the color of the existing pieces of the baseboard
  • Bored of the present style and want to change it
  • Change the damaged portion of the baseboard, if any

And the list goes on!!

However staying low on your pockets, the uninstalled trims can be reused if they are carefully removed. Now you must be getting worried about hiring a professional for this to be done. Not at all!! The removal of baseboard is purely a DIY project. All you require is some good tips, guidance, and helpful tools.

So, no matter what is the reason, the following step bystep guide will teach you how to remove and reinstall baseboards?

Tools Required For The Baseboard Removal:

  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Small pry bar
  • Pliers
  • Pencil

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How to Remove Baseboards?

  • Firstly, you need to examine the baseboard for large cracks; water damage or any other signs that indicate the wood cannot be repaired and reused.
  • Once satisfied that the wood is in good condition and can be utilized again, put your emphasis on the caulk. Take a utility knife and cut it through. The cutting procedure forms the bases of the next step of prying and is extremely important as it will protect the paint from pulling away with the baseboard.
  • Do check for the inside of the corners that either they are coped or mitered. The coped edges overlap each other while the mitered one joins at an angle of 45 degrees. If you have the overlapping corners then it is essential to remove these sides first so as to protect the other pieces from damage.
  • After this, begin to lose the baseboard by placing a putty knife between the wall and the top edge. Focus on the areas where the baseboard is attached with a nail to the wall. Be careful while using the putty knife as it includes the risk of cracking the trim.
  • Next step is to pull out the baseboard. You need to have a pry bar for this. Make sure to place the pry bar against the middle of the baseboard. For more secure procedures and avoid direct prying against the wall, you should slide a putty knife behind the pry bar so as to prevent prying directly against the wall.
  • Next, you need to remove any nail that is left in the trim. Remember to use a plier for that as hammering the nails out may chip off the paint of the baseboard.
  • Adding up a little step over here which I believe to be a very vital one is to mark the back side of each board with a pencil which will represent the order in which the baseboards will be reinstalled.

Tools Required For The Baseboard Reinstallation:

  • Paint & Brush
  • Nail gun
  • Finishing nails
  • Nail set
  • Spackle or wood putty

How to Reinstall Baseboards?

  • Once the baseboards are removed, it is advisable to paint them before placing back.
  • After the paint is done, you need to have a nail gun to reinstall the baseboards using finishing nails. However, you can also spread wood glue at the back of the baseboard and push the trim against the wall. For further finishing procedures use a nail gun. Do not forget to check on the numbers you marked them with.
  • Usually for the basic trim, two nails at the ends and one for the wall stud is enough. A nail set is to be used to tap the nails below the surface of the board.
  • If during reinstallation the baseboard is dented or mishandled, you can use a spackling paste to fill the holes or small crack in order to give it a more refined look.
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