Best Way to Remove Pantry Shelves?


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Old 09-05-21, 07:29 AM
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Best Way to Remove Pantry Shelves?

I'm replacing existing wood pantry shelves with larger (deeper) ones. I need to determine the best way to remove the existing shelves. I can't tell if they are nailed in or screwed and when I try to hammer them loose from below, they are so tight that they damage the drywall (see photos).

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Old 09-05-21, 07:38 AM
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Cut them down the middle. Then they will wiggle out. I suspect they are painted in. Score the paint line.
 
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Thanks Norm - will give it a try.
 
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Old 09-05-21, 08:42 PM
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It looks like there is putty or caulk holding them down at the wall as well as plenty of paint.
You may need to remove that with a knife.
 
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Scoring the joint between the shelf and the wall should remove the caulk or paint bond. Might need to do it both on top and the bottom.
 
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Mark and PJ - thanks!
 
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Old 11-29-21, 06:35 AM
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Just to close this out - I got around to this project over the weekend. Had to cut down the middle with a recip saw. They were painted in, caulked AND nailed - took a good 2 hours to get them out properly but managed to do so with no damage to the walls - unbelievably.

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