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    Default Removing cornice

    Hi All,

    What is the best way to cleanly remove cornice? Existing cornice is quite large and I am having trouble finding larger ones to cover the mess of old one.

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    Mowy

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    Elbow grease, chip off what you can sand it scrape it what ever it takes... then patch it up with a filler, its not an 5 minute job at the best of times.
    What are the walls finished with plaster or drywall?

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    Thanks Harry,

    Plasterboard. Fun. Another long weekend wasted

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    Post a pic.

    Ive been scoring along both edges of the existing cornice (where the cornice meets the ceiling and where the cornice meets the wall) and then popping it off with a small crow bar. Comes off fairly neatly - but I've been replacing it with a bigger profile and as such I have been covering up any mess. The main drama is removing the corners, because the cornice is held in the corners with a hard mix of plaster which is a lot harder to remove - needs to be sort of chipped out.

    Cheers

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    Why not buy a reciprocating saw and run that around the top and bottom, the blades are flexible and for $100 (GMC ) it would be well worth it.

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    I go along Namtracks path, score along both edges with a knife, then knock a hole in the centre of the cornice and hook something in the gap and reef it off carefully. But after that its chisel and sandpaper, back to a smooth surface and clean up before refitting new cornice, but will try for larger if possible.

    JohnC.

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