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Removing the skirting boards makes lifting up the laminate floor much easier. Starting near a door entrance, wedge the pinch bar between the skirting board and the wall and hit it with a hammer. Lever the skirting board away from the wall. Keep doing this as you work your way towards the corner. Continue until all of the skirting board has been removed.
Remove the first board by wedging the chisel between the board and the floor. Gently lever it up to a 45-degree angle to unsnap it from the piece it's connected to. Now work your way down the room, board by board, across the first row. Then move onto the second row and so on. If the boards are in good condition, you can save them to use in another room.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.