With the right tools, a demolition expert can remove baseboards gently enough to salvage the materials and prevent damage to adjacent surfaces. Baseboard removal equipment includes general purpose tools that the average do-it-yourselfer already owns and specialized demolition tools available at most home improvement stores.
To gently separate painted baseboard from a wall, builders run a utility knife between the rear face of the baseboard and the wall. When salvaging materials is not important, demolition professionals can use circular saws, such as angle grinders or portable circular saws, and reciprocating saws to slice through baseboards or sever nails.
Baseboard prying tools include the pry bar and cat's claw. Both the pry bar and cat's claw are similar in design to a crow bar; the tools have a curved end and straight end. However, pry bars and cat's claws are small, one-handed tools with thin tips that slip behind baseboards and molding.
Framing hammers and finish hammers allow carpenters to pry entire lengths of baseboard from the wall or remove individual nails with the hammers' claws. Framing hammers are large, heavy-headed and generally used for rough construction and demolition. Finish hammers are lightweight, small and designed to remove nails and baseboard without damaging materials. Additionally, many workers use hammers to tap pry bars into place.
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