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    Hi all,

    I've looked up square setting and can't seem to find a fitting plan of attack!

    I want to remove all cornices and skirting boards and square set. I have formulated a list (below) of what may be involved... Any suggestions/feedback regarding the order of conduct would be muchly appreciated

    Remove cornice/skirting boards!
    Sand/clear surfaces from dust and even surfaces, also checking all nail heads are not
    exposed.
    Fill gaps wider than 5mm with a filler (which filler is best?)
    Measure and cut aluminum external angle corner beads and secure in remaining gaps
    at this stage or before filling or do I need this at all. Would plaster board be better to
    fill gaps?

    Apply plasterers paper tape to the joins - cut to measure.
    Scrape back excess plasterboard jointing cement between coats
    Use a 3 coat system
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    Thanks guys,
    Lashes x

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    When you say skirting boards, are you referring to where the wall meets the floor, or do you mean architraves, which are around windows and doors?

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    Invest in some perfect angle when doing the square set your job will turn out much better....( instead of using paper tape)

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    Skirting boards meaning where wall hits floor. I'd love to take off the architraves too... but, too hard!

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    Thanks Smithtown... x

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    Quote Originally Posted by LASHES View Post
    Skirting boards meaning where wall hits floor. I'd love to take off the architraves too... but, too hard!
    You realise that vacuum cleaners, toys, 'life' etc will more easily damage square set plaster at floor level than it does wooden skirts. My kids would destroy all that hard work in seconds...

    And I imagine there will need to be some form of 'break' between the floor and walls to cater for movement, which standard skirts take care of..

    Post up the results when you are done. Very interested.

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    Default Square setting

    Square setting is - for an amateur like me - messy, time-consuming, huge amounts of effort ... and 100% worthwhile. I rarely use the Magic Word when renovating, but when a 3m length of squareset angle peeled slowly off the ceiling with all the bog as well .... I did .....

    Having said that, I haven't removed old cornices and replaced them with square-set.

    And I wouldn't use square-setting instead of skirtings; as said above, they'll disintegrate under use really, really quickly!

    I've been considering replacing cornices as you are; to me the real question is whether or not one can get the cornice out without massively damaging the plasterboard to which is sticks. A nightmare of torn plasterboard facing paper seems likely, and therefore a world of scraping, sanding etc. And all over good carpet!

    Maybe Rod can suggest how.

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    Default How about this?

    Moondog found this cornice the other day. We think it looks great, and gives that nice square edge without all the fuss. No idea how its cost compares to standard scotia, but it's got to be much less time-consuming than the square set.

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