Removing laminate - effect on skirting boards

14 Oct 2012
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United Kingdom

Novice DIYer here. We'd like to remove the laminate flooring in our hallway to reveal the original floorboards underneath. Obviously this will make the floor lower, as the laminate + chipboard was about 8mm deep.

Please can someone advise what we'd do to the skirting board? Remove and replace or remove and reattach?

I'm also a bit worried that the doors leading from the hallway will be too short if we lower the floor, unless there's a quick fix way to alleviate any gaps.

I'm trying to work out if the consequences of removing the laminate are more hassle than keeping the ugly laminate itself!

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Simply using a nice sharp Stanley knife run the blade along the the top to cut the paint line or caulk. Then using a couple of chisels gently remove aim the chisel for where there is solid studs so not to bust the plaster just take your time and work them off gently. The with a set of pincers pull the nails through don't try to hammer them back it will damage the face and mark where they belong at any mitres scrape off the glue with a sharp chisel or knife. I would use a block plane but as a diyer you might not have the skill. Then lift the flooring and putting the skirting back and job is done
before you go mad try and lift an inch or so an area in say a doorway so you can check without damaging the laminate and see whats underneath it may be unrepairable flooring or even lovely chipboard :cry:

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