Re: Pulling trim from plaster? Should I?
I have never run into spiral nails holding moldings, ever, let alone a "newer" home of the 60's era. If you are unsure of what you've got and whether it's worth the effort, pick an inconspicuous place, such as a closet, and pull the baseboards.
Start by using a utility knife along the top edge where it meets the wall to cut the caulk/paint, then carefully put a couple of flat bars behind the trim and slowly work it free. Working slowly and carefully will minimize damage to the wall.
You have two options here, either continue prying the trim off the wall, or if the nails are a problem, pry it just enough to get some snips behind it to cut the nails. Once the trim is removed, the nails can be driven home and the wall patched.
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