Hey everyone! My wife and I just started tearing lath and plaster out of our upstairs. We are doing the drywall and most work on our own. So after I tear all of the lath and plaster off the walls on the stairway(minus the lath and plaster wedged between the skirt boards and the studs) I start ripping the skirtboards apart because I knew I wanted to put new ones in for the fact that these were in poor shape and had 20 coats or more of paint. I thought the skirts were just for looks and could be pryed out from beside the wall and I could easily buy a new 1x12 board and slide it in with no problems! Well after tearing the living **** out of the skirtboards, I see that the treads (and possibly risers) are notched into them. Its a completely closed stairway. I was hoping I could get some ideas of what I can do by some of you kind folks! I have to do this on my own. We really dont have the money to pay a contractor. On the upside carpet is going to be covering the stairs in the end. I have no stair experience but I was thinking of just cutting all visible part of the skirt off flush with the treads and risers and getting as much of the lath and plaster out that is wedged in between as possible, then after the drywall is on the wall, I could put a scribed skirt against it and call it good? Please help me! I will be so grateful for any advice.