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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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

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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Why is one of my four baseboard heat zones not working?

No heat in baseboard. How to bleed just one zone. Thanks! Please see picture. ? I have a 4 zone valves. 1) water heater (works) 2) 1st floor air handler (works) 3) 2nd floor air handler (works) ...
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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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Forced water base board heater

I want to make the front of a forced hot water heater the back and the back the front, this I’d like to take the metal back off and build a new front, does the heater NEED the metal back? Cabinets ...
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Nailing baseboards using nail gun on concrete wall

I’m installing some baseboards in a new apartment. I have glued some of them to the wall, but the results have been subpar. Now I’m wondering whether it would be possible to nail the baseboards to the ...
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Toilet code - 15" from baseboard heater?

I am remodeling my small bathroom. I know code is for the center of the toliet drain to be 15" from a wall or vanity. There is going to be a baseboard heater on the side of my toliet. Do I have to be ...
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Old to new molding transition

Picture shows corner of opening between kitchen (on left) and living room (on right). You can see that edge of laminate floor in living room doesn't go under base board(blue) but hidden by quarter ...
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Black mold or termites?

I’m not sure bout the bug or the mold looking stuff the board is dry and so was the wall behind it but it’s def dark enough there. Any thoughts would be great
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How can I seal around pipe baseboard heating to seal out smoke from downstairs?

I live in an apartment on 2nd floor. The landlord lives downstairs and 3 people down there constantly smoke. It's so bad in my second bedroom. I bought expanding foam but afraid to spray around pipe ...
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Water not circulating through baseboards

2 zone (1 radiant floor, 1 baseboards) hot water heating system. Radiant floor (t’d off main feed) seems to be working fine. None of the baseboard loops are hot, and the pipe was hot before the ...
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Identify voltage by looking into gang box

I was replacing few of my old manual thermostats with smart thermostats. While installing the new ones, I noticed that some of the gang boxes have 4 wires (2 black, 2 red). Some of them have 6 wires (...
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Moulding descriptions have a 2-3 letter acronym in their description (eg. LWM, WM, WG) - what do they stand for?

If you look at many varieties of moulding available at Home Depot, you get descriptions like: WM 376 -11/16 in. x 2-1/4 in. Primed Finger-Jointed Door and Window Casing Moulding Any idea what these ...
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In a house with baseboard heat, how can I tell where areas I need to heat in the winter to prevent pipe freeze?

All, I recently purchased a property in the mountains as a vacation home. It is two stories plus a basement. It has no central air, and just electric baseboard heat. It is at a rather high elevation ...
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How to light the pilot for an old Gas Heater

We have moved in to a new home (new for us!) and we noticed that there was no heat coming from the base board. I tried to read the instructions on the Gas Heater in the basement and it talks about the ...
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Is it ok to enhance pipe insulation with fiberglass batts?

I have hot water baseboard pipes running along the inside of the knee wall attic behind my second floor bedrooms. They are covered with old pipe foam sleeves. The knee wall is insulated as a ...
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Is it a hazard to use spray foam around baseboard heater pipe?

I probably should have asked this before doing it, but I will now anyways. I have noticed mice coming in and out of the (fairly large) hole where the baseboard heater pipes are. I removed the casing ...
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What is controlling this baseboard heater without a thermostat?

I have a baseboard heater in my bathroom. It doesn't have a thermostat on the heater itself and there isn't one on the wall either. When I want heat I have to turn on the breaker feeding that heater. ...
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Keep or new baseboard?

Putting in engineered floors where there was carpet before. The carpet was put in before the baseboard I imagine to help hold the carpet down and avoid damaging baseboard during carpet install. My ...
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Baseboard Heating Loop Determination

I recently bought a house with baseboard heating. This is my first house with such a heating system and I've gone about trying to see how it is laid out but it is challenging given I don't want to ...

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