Removing Built In Shelving

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Old 07-16-18, 11:38 AM
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Removing Built In Shelving

Hello - we are hoping to remove this build in shelving, just the paneling and keep the space for TV, etc. See pictures, what is the best way to remove the wood trim that is nailed to the drywall without damaging it too bad?
 
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Old 07-16-18, 11:54 AM
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If the shelves are tacked down, knock them up and off of the cleats first. If you can tap a putty knife behind the 1x2, do that. Then drive a small prybar or glazing bar between the putty knife and the 1x2. The purpose of the putty knife is to protect the drywall... so that if you have to pry, you don't dent the wall.
 
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Thanks, I'm having moderate amount of success - there's only one area of drywall that broke through when I had to pry. So far.
 
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You want to pry where the nails are. Not between the nails.
 
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Thanks, good tip! I've removed the 1x2's. It appears the flat shelf itself is actually stuck in fairly well. Tacked in on each side.

Before I cause myself any additional drywall repairs, I thought I would check if you had any advice. See photo.
 
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There likely stuck because of the paint line, use a utility knife to cut the paint line then tap up.
Your still going to have to do some drywall repairs, prime and paint anyway.
 
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