This is me jumping up on my soapbox again: Here it comes—my fury (fury is probably a strong word) at demolition done wrong. Whether it’s a roof or interior trim, a house comes apart best in the reverse order it was assembled. To wit:
I’ve seen many a carpenter and DIYer removing baseboard by trying to take the base and shoe molding off all at once.
Not only is the base nailed to the wall, but the shoe is nailed—most likely—to the base and to the floor. And it is caulked to the wall: Triple-stuck.