Questions tagged [baseboard]

Questions regarding installation, removal, painting of baseboard (otherwise known as skirting board, skirting, mopboard, floor molding, or base molding).

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Is this termite damage? Mold damage? Something else?

I recently sold an old freestanding wine cellar and found a lot of dust and some mold underneath and behind it, plus this circular area on the baseboard, with some wood shavings below. Doesn't look ...
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How do I prepare for a flush base install with 1/2" Z-reveal?

I'm making sure that I plan this process in detail so I don't screw it up. I'm installing paint grade 5 1/2" baseboards directly to the studs with a 1/2" Z reveal between the top of the ...
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Can I use a 240v baseboard heater wires for a 230v outlet receptacle?

I have an old Intertherm 240v hard-wired baseboard heater and would like to take the wiring and convert it into a 230v outlet instead. The heater is connected to 3 wires, white, black, and a ground. ...
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New baseboard on old wood floors

We are getting our floors refinished and I would like to replace the baseboard + shoe moulding with baseboard only. The problem is the original wood floor installation used shoe, so right now, shoe is ...
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Remove protruding garage foundation concrete curb

Please advise per the attached pic if it's possible to trim/remove the protruding part of the garage foundation block to be at the same level of the baseboard above it. Please let me know. Thanks.
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Base trim before carpet?

I know it's an age old question. I will be doing all of our door & window casing in my basement finish this weekend. From what I've read, it's recommended to install the base trim before having ...
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Do I or do I not remove baseboards when refinishing my hardwood floor

I need to have my wood floors refinished and have had several quotes. One person says they have the tools to get right up next to the baseboards and he does not need to remove them. He has 45 years of ...
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

I am having a difficult time trying to remove the trim/baseboard in my walk-in closet. We have painters coming and a custom closet install in a few weeks. Neither of those teams can/will remove the ...
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Wiring a Double Pole Thermostat to Replace a Single Pole 240 Thermostat

I am attempting to wire a new double pole four wire 240 volt thermostat to replace the single pole thermostat that is pictured. Coming into the junction box on the right are two Komax lines. On the ...
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Should baseboard trim be in contact with the flooring?

In some of my rooms the baseboard touches the tile (you can see a slight gap at times). Even the door casing is on top of tile. In this bathroom (after removing the tile) it looks like they put the ...
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Gap between floor, wall and stair

We recently purchased a resale house, which is about 25 years old. I just noticed there is a gap where the floor, wall and stair (leading to basement) meet. The gap seems pretty big (about 1 cm). This ...
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Replace an electric baseboard heater safely?

Basement apt of a triplex with the original 1960's wiring on a 15 watt fuse. Question: How do I replace my old double pole 240v electric baseboard heater safely?
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Baseboard radiator pipes running along edge of room

My house has baseboard radiators (water, not steam if it matters) and one room has the piping enter at the southwest corner, run all the way along the west wall, then feed the heaters on the north ...
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What technical reasons do builders use white baseboards over wood-woodstained?

I am Italian and I live in USA since a few years. I bought house in Florida. Why in Florida everyone has a white baseboard (that seems made of a cheap material), and in Italy everyone has a wooden one ...
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Why does one Mysa smart thermostat override the others?

I installed a Mysa smart thermostat in our master bedroom to control our baseboard heater. There are three other analog thermostats on the same floor (bedroom, office, bathroom). Today we noticed that,...
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Heating Issue — hot water baseboards

and thank you. I have a gas hot water boiler, two story house, hot water baseboards on top and first floor, boiler in the basement, separate circulating pump and loop for each floor. The boiler kicks ...
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What is the effect on baseboard heating capacity of running the return pipe within the enclosure?

Baseboard radiators can be installed with the return pipe running within the baseboard enclosure itself. While this is a configuration explicitly supported by manufacturers I can't find any hard data ...
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Trim Cuts along staircase with angled wall

I'm trying to run baseboard, chair rail, and faux wainscoting up a staircase and I don't know how to make my miter cut on the angled wall partway up the staircase. I've tried setting the miter to 30 ...
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Is there a reasonable substitute for nail guns when installing baseboards?

What are the alternatives to nail guns? I need to install new MDF based baseboards and trims. Buying a new nail gun with air compressor or a battery powered nail-gun is quite costly. I see there is ...
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Electric heat does not turn off when desired temperature reached

My electric heat (baseboards) do not turn off when the room reaches the desired temperature. It does turn off, however, when the thermostat setting itself switches (automatically if there's a schedule ...
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Radiator Fins in Hot Water Baseboard - Basic Question

Pretty basic question. I moved into an apartment that I love but have discovered the hot water baseboard is not providing enough heat. FYI, I am on the second floor of a two story building. There ...
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In a bathroom, do baseboards need to be caulked to prevent water seepage?

Adding baseboards to my bathroom. Do I need to caulk them, especially where it meets the flooring? And if so, do I need to leave a small gap to allow the caulk something to grip onto?
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How to Align vanity flush without creating a gap from baseboard?

We are installing this vanity and we are trying to figure out our best situation the legs are flush against the back of the vanity so the whole unit will be fat on the wall. But with the baseboard ...
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Can you glue vinyl cove base directly to drywall?

I'm installing this vinyl cove base in my garage. Garage walls currently do not have any kind of baseboards just drywall to the concrete. Can I glue the cove base direct to the drywall or should I ...
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Replacing Carpet with Hardwood floor - contractor issues on base board cutting

We new to home improvements. We are getting carpet area on upperfloor hallway replaced with hardwood. The contractor cut the baseboard to fit the hardwoods in, on one part we saw 2 hardwoood atleast 3-...
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Upgrading thermostat: 2 baseboard heaters (6 wires)

I'm upgrading a thermostat, and the installation isn't quite as simple as I'd hoped. In this COVID era, I think I'd like to avoid having an electrician inside my home... Some facts: the circuit ...
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Updating baseboard radiator

My house was built in the 50s and I believe the baseboard radiators are original. We just bought the house and I went to go clean them. I realized most of them are rusty and painted over making them ...
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How should I fill gaps in wooden skirting board etc?

I got this product to fill deep holes. It is a general purpose filler which states: This is a non-shrink, ready mixed mortar made with natural hydraulic lime, siliceous and calcareous sand (0-0.6mm) ...
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How to turn off old Mears M7-D thermostat controlling electric baseboard heating

I cannot figure out how to turn off the electric heating on this old unit that was installed probably around 50 years ago. Counterclockwise or clockwise, the electric heating element in the baseboard ...
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How to wire Minivector control relay for Honeywell Wifi Thermostat to control 240v baseboard heater

new here, and just a "homeowner electrician". When I bought the house there was a low voltage thermostat controlling a 240v Cadet baseboard heater. Upon investigation, there is a Minivector ...
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Can I reduce temperature in one room on my hot water furnace based system?

We have a hot water baseboard furnace heating system. It all works well except for that one room gets way too hot if we are to keep temperature in all the other rooms. This particular room is the only ...
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Baseboard heater powered by a switch, not thermostat

Our finished basement has electric baseboard heat. The baseboard is powered by a light switch, so I either have the heat on or off. Can I take out the switch and use the wiring to connect a digital ...
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Wiring multiple baseboard heaters each with it own stat with one 10-2wg line

Wiring multiple baseboard heaters each with it own stat with one 10-2wg line and 20amp dbl pole. I wired these new heater up using double pole stats. the 10-2 runs close to each heater to a junction ...
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How to remove hot water baseboard?

I have a room which is getting too hot during winter and I want to disconnect the hot water baseboard in it from the heating system. Problem is that heating system is a loop and room is in the middle. ...
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Fixing crack in wall & baseboard

Based in the UK, 1920's house that needs a bit of work. Last decorated about 10 years ago. We have a number of cracks in the paintwork that I know how to fix, but here we have a crack in the wall ...
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Order of wall tiling with baseboards in bathroom

What is the order of tiling bathroom walls when installing baseboards also. Do I tile the wall first and then add the baseboard or would it make sense to install baseboard first and then add the wall ...
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Painting over stained shoe molding

We got new floors installed and made the error of not requesting new baseboard, re-using the existing baseboard, and having stained shoe molding (instead of white painted). Since re-doing the floor is ...
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What is this white powder coming out of my baseboard?

I was about to start cleaning when I noticed this white powder/dust coming out of the baseboard of my kitchen area and I was wondering what it might be. The powder seems quite fine and it very faintly ...
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Do I need to replace skirting in these places?

I've recently been clearing out damp, mold and insects behind some kitchen cabinets. In the process we had to remove certain skirting boards which got damaged. The skirting board in questions are ...
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Slant Fin replacement [closed]

I have a 3 foot length of slant fin baseboard in my bathroom. It was installed in 1979. It is rusted and I would like to replace it. Is it possible to replace with slant fin or should I cover it?
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How to fix baseboard header periodic buzzing

A baseboard heater in my apartment emits a short buzzing sound every 16-17 seconds. It seems to happen only when the room is near the temperature I've set on my thermostat, that is, only when the ...
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Can’t shut off power to heat-only (hydronic baseboard) thermostat

I have no AC in my condo, only hydronic baseboard heat, currently controlled by an old mercury thermostat. I have a new smart thermostat with a c-wire adapter I want to replace it. Trouble is, I’ve ...
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Will old cast iron Baseray baseboards work with a steam boiler?

forgive me if this question is amateurish. We recently removed some old cast iron Baseray baseboards from a house which were being heated with hot water. I'm wondering, can these baseboards be used ...
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Two baseboard thermostats wired to one baseboard heater in same room. One stays on while the other is cold

We have 2 electric baseboard heaters in the same room that are wired to a Cadet mechanical thermostat. One heater seems to stay on continuously even with the thermostat turned off, while the other is ...
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Baseboard/skirting board before or after carpet tiles?

I ask this question here as all results from my searches relate to installation of regular carpet, not carpet tiles I'm tidying up a small laundry room under a stairway. I will be installing carpet ...
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Do push-to-connect (Sharkbite) couplings allow for any thermal expansion?

I was reading the installation instructions for hot water (hydronic) baseboard heating sections. It says to consider using a special coupling between long sections of baseboard to allow for thermal ...
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How do you comply with NEC receptacle requirements in row homes with brick walls?

I'm rewiring a Philadelphia row home, which like many others, has brick and cinder block for the side walls. There is no framing, just lath and plaster. I know some flippers will put in 2x3 studs to ...
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Baseboards with huge nails

Theres huge nails in my baseboards. Ive tried a few tricks but still results in a torn up wall. Any suggestions
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Need help identifying baseboard cap profile

I know it's a long shot, but I'm hoping someone knows/can identify (or at least can point me in the right direction in terms of search terms) the style of this cap. I'm hoping to find a router bit/...
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Should I be worried, or is this a cosmetic issue? floor in 1935 apt building

We live on the 4th floor of a pre-war, 1935 apartment building in NYC. On one outer wall, the oak floor is separated horizontally about 1/2" from the wall/baseboard. The floor is also little sunken ...

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