Hi guys! I have an update to a tip post from two years ago where I demonstrated how to remove baseboards without damaging your walls or trim. Well that became my OLD way. Now I remove baseboard with the Trim Puller!
This post and giveaway is sponsored by Trim Puller.
Remove baseboards without damage
The OLD way requires the use of a whole handful of tools as you shimmy along the run of baseboard, pulling the baseboard away from the wall as you go. And by a whole handful I’m talking:
- utility knife
- 5 in 1 painters tool
- crow bar
- a block of wood
Remove Baseboard with the Trim Puller
Don’t get me wrong, that way works just fine. Using the Trim Puller just makes it WAY easier!
- The trim puller has a sharp tapered edge doing away with the need for the 5 in 1 painters tool.
- It has a wedged center that helps push the baseboard away from the wall
- The surface area that contacts the wall is waaay bigger than that on a crowbar or hammer claw so you don’t need a block of wood to disperse the pressure.
You still need to cut the caulk with a utility knife or you can tear into your drywall paper. In the photo below I initially only cut through the caulk up to the halfway point on my wall and you can see what happened when I pulled the baseboard passed that point. I quickly stopped prying and finished cutting the rest of the caulk before I caused any serious damage. You know…I wanted to show you what could happen if you DIDN’T cut the caulk. 😉
Cut through old caulk
Insert Trim Puller
Now you just need the Trim Puller and a hammer to get it started. One whack of the hammer and the Trim Puller slid through the rest of the caulk and down behind the baseboard.
No damage to my baseboard.
No damage to drywall
I put a lot of put a lot of pressure onto the trim puller to see if I could bust a hole in my drywall. I couldn’t. The surface is wide and flat so it distributes the pressure over a large enough surface to prevent damage. (I’m sure it is possible to cause damage to your drywall in certain situations and circumstances, especially when you’re trying to…but I was using above average force for this task and my drywall held.)
Then I simply moved down the wall prying with the Trim Puller every 8-12″ or so.
I consider this as a real “work smarter” tool and you can get a Trim Puller for $29.95.
And for those of you who just love watching my video demonstrations… Boom!