We have ripped out the floors down to the joists, used 3/4" t-g plywood glued and screwed, and now we are ready to start flooring with 2.25" oak strip flooring, I think 5/8" or3/4 thick". However, on some of the walls (particularly the walls with lots of small 90 degree zigzags and with steam pipes and receptacles in the way) are too low to slide the flooring under. The baseboard is 1" thick and secured with 3-4" thick cut nails through the plaster and lath into the studs, then there is a molding piece on top of it.
My fiancee wants to pull the baseboards off the walls, but I fear I can't get them off without damaging/destroying the 150-year-old plaster. I want to cut the bottom edge off while they are on the wall, but she is afraid my cuts will be jagged or too wide (she has been looking at my work with a sawzall, but I was planning on using a reciprocating saw and hopefully get better results, at least where it reaches.) Her plan would probably take less time and be more accurate, assuming I can get the trim off.
What do you think?