I did one small area with a hand saw and a reciprocating saw while I was awaiting my new toy, that took most of an hour. I did the rest of the room with the power jamb saw in about 30 minutes, that thing is a beast.
ed21: There were a few pipes I couldn't get behind, so I would get as close as I could on each side, use my hand undercut saw to make a straight score connecting the two cuts, then do the rest with the reciprocating saw. Didn't take long at all.
Sombreuil_mongrel: so you're saying to pry the boards back a little and cut the nails? The problem is every little piece of wood was held on with 4" cut nails, so boards and plaster would get damaged before I even had a gap. And each board pinned the next board down in the corners. But I will try that method on other projects.
Clarence: you are exactly right (there is a 1x1 strip at the bottom of the plaster that the base board is nailed into, leaves lots of space to run wires, and for drafts), except in this one room there was also a decorative piece of molding nailed on top of the baseboard and I assume nailed through the plaster.
Mastercarpentry: I don't know if I want to give up this tool. There are other rooms that need new floors, and besides this thing just looks awesome/scary. Maybe I can use it for home defense.
Thanks everyone for the help!
Glad that we were able to help. Thanks for the update. :cool: