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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Code requirements for wall/baseboard

We are going to install some engineered laminate flooring on the bottom floor of our home. Knowing that baseboards are a requirement for that project, I wondered if I could kill two birds with one ...
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How to connect mismatched height baseboards?

I had a wall put up where a closet used to be and want to put in baseboard at the bottom. I have found that the floor is actually uneven and tapers at the end. So if I push the baseboard in for the ...
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How to finish a wall over a curb?

I am turning a detached garage into a workshop. So I'm insulating it and putting up drywall. The issue is all of the walls sit on top of a 3.5 inch curb of concrete. I don't live in an area where ...
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Baseboards on Irregular/Complex Corners

I'm finishing up installing laminate flooring. I'm trying to figure out the best way to cover a complex area with baseboards and other trim. Here's the spot: A is the laminate flooring I installed. B ...
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Should I fill space between subfloor and wall that would be under new baseboards?

In my new-to-me home the baseboard moulding was originally put in before the plywood subfloor. We are installing engineered hardwood so I pulled up the baseboards to provide the expansion gap with ...
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Remove baseboard from small closet

I am preparing to remove baseboard trim from a small closet and I am wondering which strategy I should follow, given: the pieces closer to the door trim (baseboard cut at 90 degrees, let's call them ...
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Upstairs heating zone wont turn off

I have two zones in my house, upstairs & downstairs. Baseboard heat/ boiler/ propane. I noticed that regardless of the thermostat reading (nonprogrammable circle honeywell heat only) i can feel ...
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Hydronic baseboard heating and warm floors

I have hydronic baseboard heating throughout my house and have been having issues with air in the system. Since I've lived here (4.5 years) I've noticed that certain floor areas are warm where the ...
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4 Electric baseboards connected to a 15A 2 pole breaker - two heaters don't work

I have one 15A 2-pole breaker that seems to be powering 4 baseboard heaters in 4 separate rooms. Several years ago, we remodeled a bathroom (where one of the heaters was installed), and I removed the ...
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Wifi thermostat to replace old mechanical 2-wire 110V Honeywell?

I have hydronic baseboard heating in my house, which is controlled by an old mechanical Honeywell thermostat. The Honeywell is 110V and connected with 2 wires (black/red). There is a bare ground wire ...
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Question about bleeding baseboard heating

I have a house built in 1949 with baseboard heating (5 loops), and I don't seem to be able to find any bleeder valves at the baseboards themselves. One of the loops in particular is making an awful ...
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Baseboard trim transition from carpet to LVP - Installation height

I am in the home stretch of finishing my basement and I'm ready to start hanging my baseboards this weekend. However, I am uncertain about the best way to handle the height of the baseboards based on ...
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Baseboard heaters turn off before reaching desired temp

We recently renovated our condo and replaced the baseboard heaters. An licensed electrician did all of the electrical. Now, during a cold snap, the heaters on one thermostat are turning on and off, ...
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Baseboards are covered with plaster on top—should we cut them out with reciprocating saw?

The walls in my house were heavily skim coated some time in the last 20-30 years. In many places, the skim coat plaster is covering the baseboards and other trim. I want to replace the baseboards. I ...
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Baseboard heater breaker tripping

One of the breakers on a 240V two-baseboard circuit trips as soon as the thermostat is turned up enough to turn it on. It is not the thermostat as I changed that for a known good one. Can I fault-find ...
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All wires in thermostat junction box have high voltage

I'm a new homeowner and I'm trying to improve the heating in my new place! The heating is done with baseboards and it is currently using th104plus thermostats. My goal is to replace it with Mysa! In ...
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Installing trim with carpet tack strips already installed?

I know that in general, trim should be installed first, followed by tack strips and then carpet. And typically I see something like having the trim be 3/8" to 1/2" off the floor and the tack ...
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How to get a refrigerator tight to the wall with baseboard hot water heat.?

Complete overhaul of kitchen. We have 12’ of baseboard hot water heat. We are having a toe kick to re-route the pipe for the cabinets so they will be tight with the wall, but what can we do to to the ...
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What is the purpose of this disconnected copper pipe next to my baseboard heating?

I just purchased a home and there is a disconnected copper pipe next to the baseboard heater in the garage. It is connected to the water system, although the connection is currently closed, water ...
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Can I use 18/5 thermostat wire to connect a thermostat to a baseboard heater?

Cadet Electric Baseboard heater safely hard-wires for 1500-Watt at 240-Volt or 1125 Watt at 208-Volt Thermostat controls up to 5280-Watt at 240-Volt or 2640-Watt at 120-Volt Easily replaces most line ...
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Baseboard diffuser is twice length of the vent

Recently purchased a home built in the 1960s. We have baseboard diffusers in 3 bedrooms that are getting carpet installed this week. The diffusers are old and big and I was looking to replace them. ...
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Sealing Carpet and Baseboards

Would it be okay to use duct tape (or any kind of tape) to seal the space between carpet and baseboards? I've had various run-ins with pests and have always seen bugs come from baseboards and windows. ...
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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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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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