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Old 10-18-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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Removing Baseboard Heater Covers for Drywall, but Keep Intact


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I am installing new drywall and need to remove the baseboard heaters to do so. Remove front, and back so it's just copper pipe with fins left to work behind.

This heater is in perfect shape, even the 30 year old fins are pristine, so I don't want to ruin anything. I have the front off, the movable metal for allowing heat out, the nails out from the back. The only thing left is the hooks that hold it all into place where it attaches to back and then holds the pipe and fins in place while attaching to back on top and bottom. It right now is only thing holding it in place and nearly impossible to take off without ruining it.

Are there any videos or anything that can show me how to do this?
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I don't remove the baseboard unless customer wants it.
I just cut the drywall even with the top of the baseboard.
Then new just sits directly on top then screwed into the wall.
I either caulk it there or install quarter round depending on what the customer wants.
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If you have remove all the fasteners holding the heater frame in place, how about breaking out the drywall between the studs then using your sawsall to cut the drywall nails in the studs. Then slip your new drywall down behind the baseboard heater frame.
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I don't remove the baseboard unless customer wants it.
I just cut the drywall even with the top of the baseboard.
Then new just sits directly on top then screwed into the wall.
I either caulk it there or install quarter round depending on what the customer wants.
The thing is is there is water damage behind baseboards....Are you guys saying the only way to do it is wreck the baseboards to get them out? Just would be a shame they are in great condition. Basically, I have to get the baseboard heaters off.
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pics might help us better understand what needs to be done.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:23 PM   #6
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I've posted pics with this. It is the black hook. It now is the only thing holding this thing in. Is there any way to detach this without ruining anything and then of course reattaching. I can't imagine people don't take these off sometimes. Thanks for any guidance.
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Your baseboard behind the black hook is what is nailed or screwed. Looks like roofing nails.
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Your baseboard behind the black hook is what is nailed or screwed. Looks like roofing nails.
Wow I totally missed that nail. Thank you. Once I get those out. What about the hooks as that would be last thing holding them in. Just a sucky project to be honest. I have to get them off as the smell of must from behind is pretty bad.
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The hooks look like they are solid to the base board.

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I think the hooks snap into the back of the baseboard. Try tapping the top of it to one side. That should unhook it from the back of the aluminum baseboard in the rear.
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I think the hooks snap into the back of the baseboard. Try tapping the top of it to one side. That should unhook it from the back of the aluminum baseboard in the rear.
This worked thank you
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