Piece of deal (3” x 15” x 1”) has been stuck to plasterboard in bathroom presumably with ‘no nails’ how can I remove this?

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. What's a "piece of deal"? Would you add a picture? – Daniel Griscom Mar 16 '19 at 16:22
  • Wikipedia disambiguation page for deal: "Deal, a type of cheap wood, usually from Scots pine trees." – Andrew Morton Mar 16 '19 at 20:49
  • Is this finished plasterboard? Textured/painted? Do you know if there is/are studs behind it? If so, you could use a crow bar and peel it off the wall. Was the wood used for hanging something? Are you handy at replacing drywall and then you could just cut it out? – Jeff Cates Mar 16 '19 at 22:30
  • As some missed « deal » which is a cheap light wood, then « no nails » is a glue. – Solar Mike Mar 17 '19 at 7:27

I've never heard that usage of "deal" before either. Is it stuck to the wall or embedded? If it appears to be stuck on, maybe there are some screws (hopefully into studs) that you are missing. Anyways, as Jeff suggested in comments, get a pry bar and some shim or scrap wood to pry against (avoid prying on the plaster directly or you will make dents) and see if it will come off. As you pull on it, any fasteners may become apparent. Otherwise just apply pressure on all sides and see how it comes. If it was put on with a strong construction adhesive or such, you may end up pulling off some of the wall's surface, which will necessitate some patch work.

I've seen construction where wood was embedded in the wall because they knew that's where sinks or cabinets would be mounted. You can always skim over that if you make different choices.

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