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Skirting advice please......

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by VioletG, 12 Sep 2020.

  1. VioletG

    VioletG

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    Hi,

    Renovating a 1930's room, we ripped off the skirting board that was damaged ready for plastering, leaving a 4 meter length of the original skirting (under a bay) and some on one wall up to the door, as it was not damaged. I was told I could easily get to profile match.

    Anyway had the room plastered, did the floors, and today the chamfer skirting was delivered and the profile detail is the wrong size. I was told it was 40mm when it's 25mm.

    They said they don't do a 40mm (i did make it crystal that was what I wanted).

    Now I'm not sure what to do.

    A) get someone to remove the skirting on the walls and replace all with new profile

    or

    B) try to find a profile to match the existing and buy again.

    My preference would be A as I now have 3 lots of 5 meter skirting. But when I removed the skirting it was no easy task, nailed in with large old spur headed floorboard nailed and the wall crumbling away when the skirting came off.

    I'm no DIY expert so perhaps a professional can get them off without much damage.


    What do you think I should do?
     
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  3. Tigercubrider

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    When you say 25/40mm what do you mean?
    Is the timber just thicker? But visually it looks the same ?

    Have you enough new to replace the existing stuff ?
     
  4. VioletG

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    I mean the chamfer profile detail. In the image, where it shows 40mm. This is what I asked my local supplier for and instead they delivered 25mm. Maybe they to didn't understand but they didn't ask for clarification unfortunately. They have now confirmed they don't do 40mm.

    I have enough of the new skirting to replace everything but I am worried as I have spent money getting the wall plastered and sanded all the floors. So if the skirting is ripped off then I am concerned the damage it will cause.


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  5. Tigercubrider

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    You should be able to remove the old skirting without too much trouble- especially if you are sacrificing the skirting. They were normally held on by the brickie inserting a wooden block when building the wall, so if you can use the exposed wall as a guide, you'll see how often he fitted one.

    I'd run a sharp blade along the top of the old skirting to separate the skim and try to use the length of the skirting as a lever to apply tension as you remove it. Some damage will happen but it should be easy to fix.
    You will know where the repairs are, but no one else will bother looking down there.

    Then use gripfill or even expanding foam to refit the new stuff.
     
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  6. VioletG

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    Thank you. I made such a mess of the other skirting when I took it off, the wall behind just crumbled away. I'm not if it was me or if the walls were just not great to begin with. But if I can be done without too much damage then I will get someone to do it for me who will make good.
     
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  8. you’ll be opening a can of worms. just buy the right size skirting.
     
  9. martin hill

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    Return the skirting and check out Other timber merchants or the MDF range in B&Q Think that 119 x 18 mm . The only other way is if you know anyone with a Router table to cut the correct profile.
     
  10. howden may have that profile
     
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    Lever off from one end, level with skirting so reducing any damage above skirting .
     
  12. VioletG

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    Thanks. I ended up getting it made bespoke as all the chamfer profiles didn't match. I thought it was the less risky option as the walls behind the skirting just seem like rubble with a gap behind.
     
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