Hi, There is a tool known as a Fein Multimaster (google it) which is like the Swiss army knife for fitters. Thatâ€™d make short work of it â€“ very neat as well. The problem is that it is bloominâ€™ expensive. It also needs a bit of practice, but not too much.
(Itâ€™s a tool I avoided buying for years on the grounds that it was a solution looking for a problem; after all who needs something that can remove plaster casts, vibrate concrete and cut square holes in wood. However I eventually succumbed. When all my kit was stolen a couple of years back it was the first thing I replaced â€“ itâ€™s that good!)
I believe Bosch either have just launched, or are about to launch a cheaper rival.
You might figure itâ€™s worth the cost.
Failing that Iâ€™d probably see if that entire length of skirting could be removed without damage (well, there is always a chance!). Failing that Iâ€™d use a hammer and chisel provided I was CERTAIN that the wall was sound and I wasnâ€™t going to end up with half a ton of plaster falling around my ears. Failing that itâ€™d probably be my veneer saw â€“ in the full knowledge that Iâ€™d be needing a new blade at the end of it.
The problem is that all three in-situ manual methods require a bit of skill to avoid damaging things. Pretty easy for a carpenter, a bit trickier for a DIY-novice. In particular chisels need sharpening before you first use them, and that ainâ€™t the easiest of things to do.
I donâ€™t think a rotozip is really going to help that much â€“ youâ€™ve still got to use one of the manual methods as well.
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