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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Odd metal clips on hot water baseboard

I bought a house that has hot water baseboard heating (house dates to mid 60s). I'm taking the covers off to vacuum the fins. I found a couple of metal clips on the floor. I'd like to understand ...
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Electric baseboard heaters stuck on with digital thermostat

I have two electric baseboard heaters in my house that are both controlled by a single digital programmable thermostat (King ESP-230). I believe each heater is 1500w so 3000w total. Twice now in the ...
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Baseboard heat register makes loud banging sounds

FYI... I am a homeowner and not technical. Problem.. about 2 months ago my baseboard heating (hot water) starting making loud noises when the furnace turned on. It continues for a good period of time, ...
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Hose for bleeder valve on baseboard heater

Is there an hose attachment I can buy to help bleed a single baseboard heater valve?
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Upgrading baseboard thermostat -wiring help

Going from old analog thermostats to programmable digital. They're all 240v but appear to currently be wired as single pole and new stats are double. Photos attached of line in, and two out for load- ...
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Do I need to fill in the gap between my wall and the laminate flooring?

I just removed the baseboards in my room in order to put some closets flush against the wall. I noticed there is a gap under the wall and the floor/laminate and my instincts are telling me they need ...
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Installing an electric toe kick heater “old work”-style

I'd like to install a toe kick heater under the 48"-wide vanity (in the center) seen in the picture. The electrical wire is in the side wall. Do I run the risk that when I cut the toe kick baseboard ...
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How hard is it to run forced hot air and baseboard zones off one Trane furnace?

I have a trane forced hot air HVAC that heats my house. I have a small extension that is cold. How much work is involved to connect a baseboard zone to the existing forces hot air furnace? Is it ...
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Replaced circulator on gas hot water boiler and still no heat upstairs only in the basement

II have purged my system about 4 times and changed the circulator but the flow of hot water only seems to go to the basement and not the 1st or 2nd floor. The boiler fires up, I can feel and hear the ...
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How to cut tall baseboard on a miter saw on the flat with an angle greater than 45 degrees?

I have some 11" tall baseboard that I've salvaged from my house. I need to cut a number of outside corner miters where the angle of the miter cut is greater than 45 degrees. The corner is ...
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Sizing Electric Baseboard Heat (Supplemental)

I have a 635 square foot finished basement insulated with closed-cell spray foam on the concrete. The climate here is zone 5A (Central NJ). I want to add supplemental heating via electric ...
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Baseboards or Laminate flooring first?

I'm laying down new laminate flooring in a small condo and the current baseboards have got to go. They're old, ugly, dirty, and installed plain wrong. My question is: Do new baseboards go on before ...
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Router bit for baseboards

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to mill mine own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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What should I do about a huge gap under the drywall and baseboard when installing luxury vinyl tile?

I am installing luxury vinyl tile in a room and I am having an issue with the gap. My drywall sits about an inch from the subfloor. There is no drywall there at floor level to hold the LVT in place. ...
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What's the best way to finish this trim

So I'm doing my baseboards in my basement, and I'm running up to what was previously installed. I'm going to slide the baseboard all the way flush with the vertical part. From there, I'm a little ...
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Murphy bed baseboard clearance

I'm planning to buy and install a wall/murphy bed of some kind as part of a renovation of a weird little building in my backyard (former owner's sculpture studio). Because of this building's past, it'...
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Should Door Trim/Jamb be flush cut with bottom of base for carpet install?

I'm finishing a room that will have new carpet installed. I plan to install the baseboard height about 1/2" off the slab so carpet can flow underneath. The room is all painted (trim/walls), but no ...
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How tight should baseboards be for laminate?

So, I'm a little stumped on this one. I've installed laminate over a pad, but because of the way that the boards click in and the fact that it's a floating floor, the parts that end near the edges (...
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Any ideas for reattaching these baseboard heaters to the wall?

This baseboard heater (Hunter Heatmaster Convection Baseboard Heater - Model 35514) has come away from the wall. Its twin is having a similar problem. It seems neither was installed using a drywall ...
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How to paint baseboard without painting the base shoe?

I'm painting a room that has hardwood floors and base shoe stained to match the floors. How can I paint the baseboard without painting the shoe? I haven't found any trim painting tutorials that have ...
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Caulking a baseboard - which bit do you paint?

If I am using decorator's caulk to fill the gap at the top of the baseboard, I am left with a bead of caulk. I know I need to paint the caulk, once cured, to stop it attracting dust. So how do I paint ...
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Is there a tool that can clean the fins of a base board heater?

I have baseboard radiators in a new home (built in the 50s) and the fins are filled with lint. Vacuuming isn't pulling the stuff out. Is there a tool that can help with this? Thanks
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Why is this baseboard paint blistering and pulling away?

I'm attaching some pictures I took. This has been an ongoing problem with the baseboard pulling away and fine black dust left where it pulls away. There is a crack under the window that has gotten ...
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How to install floor baseboard on drywall frame with metal studs?

So, I can't use a nailer, and I would rather avoid screwing it and having to patch holes later (the baseboard comes prefinished). Can I just apply a few strips of silicone on the back of the trim, ...
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Baseboard heat wiring

Original wiring is Romex 12/2 no ground.New heaters have chassis ground.Do I pull new Romex 12/2 with ground or can ground be added back to main panel?Wiring is 240 volt
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Must trim paint (for baseboards) be gloss or semi-gloss, or can it be flat? [closed]

What are the specific properties or style of paint that one needs to use for trim. By "trim" in this case I mean mainly baseboards and baseshoes. The reason I'm wondering is that I used the left ...
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Would pine or MDF baseboard better handle humidity fluctuation?

I am in the market for baseboard in my son's room. I am now trying to decide between pine or MDF. In New York we get humid summers and cold winters. Since one of the walls will need two pieces, I ...
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Attach receptacle box to baseboard via screws through plaster ears?

The plaster ears on old work metal receptacle boxes (see example) each have two holes on the face of them. Is it ok to put screws through these holes to secure the box to baseboard? In this ...
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Installing Baseboard Moulding with Brad Nailer

I am wanting to install my newly purchased wooden baseboard molding by using a Brad Nailer. I went to the Home Improvement store and bought what I thought was the correct tool. Turns out that the Brad ...
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Trim - Casing and Baseboard Installation

I want to install more decorative baseboard in my existing home. I currently have 2.5" plain casing and 4.5 inch plain baseboard. I have three windows that have 1/2 inch gap between the top of the ...
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Gap showing between baseboard and shorter-pile carpet

We removed shag carpet and replaced it with a shorter carpet. Now there is a gap between the baseboard and carpet. Should we use shoe molding? If so how do you use it on the stairs with rounded ...
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Trimming wood floor boards for running wires under base molding

Renovating my apartment; started with walls, removed all base molding to run RG6/Cat5e throughout rooms under new base molding. Here's a photo looking straight down from the wall (with molding ...
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How to deal with baseboard heating causing problems with a headboard?

I've got baseboard heating along every wall in the master bedroom. The bed I bought has a headboard that's tenuously bolted to a frame which doesn't exactly match. On top of that, the baseboard ...
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Baseboard Heater Problems!

Cold weather started early this year and I decided to turn the heater on. However after a couple hours the heater has finally kicked the bucket after some odd 25 years. I checked the voltage and ...
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hot water, baseboard oil boiler - bleeding at boiler site possibility?

I may replace my current oil, baseboard boiler but would prefer bleeding the system at the boiler site (if it's possible) vs at every room separately. Is it possible to bleed air out at the boiler, ...
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How do I find the angles for baseboard on an outside stair stringer?

I'm installing baseboard on the outside of a staircase in my home. The staircase doesn't have an open stringer, and the height of my baseboard has created a really interesting angle at the bottom of ...
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Re-pressurize boiler / change expansion tank

I have a question about how to pressurize system when replacing expansion tank. I have successfully taken the old tank off, and am about to go buy a new expansion tank(hopefully already pressurized ...
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Can I Install Floating Cork Floor without baseboards? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of not installing baseboards.
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How can I paint aged wood trim that has been varnished?

We have a 68 bungalow that have varnished baseboards and trim not a really nice looking trim and no fancy profile Believe it is only fir wood. Would like to paint but not sure if paint will adhere ...
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Need help wiring a new double pole line voltage thermostat

[ Just bought my first home and this is my first time posting, so please forgive me if my terminology is incorrect. I currently have bedrooms upstairs each with 1 baseboard heater and thermostat for ...
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Vertical gap between wooden floor and baseboard trim: how do I fix that gap?

There's a small vertical gap maybe 1/8" to 1/4" between our wooden floors and the bottom of the wall (which ends with baseboard trim). What should I do to fill that gap and make it look nice? The ...
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What kind of paint do I need for baseboards?

What is the keyword to use when looking for paint for baseboards. I am assuming that regardless of the color of the wall and the floor, the baseboard is always painted a pure "snow" white. (I am not ...
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Why would holes exist behind a baseboard?

After ripping out some rubber baseboard, I discovered random holes all over the place. What would be the logical reasoning that these exist (if any)? Edit: Hopefully I don't get completely flamed ...
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How to add forced water radiator?

I have a very small cast iron radiator which works great, but when really cold temperature hits outside, it is not enough to heat that particular room (and it is on the third floor so 2nd zone is not ...
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how to temporarily seal a narrow gap between baseboards and laminate floor?

there is a very narrow (<1/8 in.) gap between the baseboards and the laminate floor in my bathroom, which has been letting in ants from the storage units on the other side of the wall. is there ...
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Baseboard meeting at top of corner but not bottom

Removed 3" and installing 4" baseboard. The inner corners meet at the top but gap at the bottom ( sheet rock taper is at the bottom and wondering if that's the problem) (have checked the saw and can't ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

I am wondering how high I should space my baseboard off the floor before carpet. I know the tack strip will go next to the base and then carpet goes over it and tucks under the base.
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How to block baseboard (water heated)?

I live in an apartment complex where my water baseboard heating is 100% controlled by the complex staff. This year has been particularly tough, as it's been very warm since winter started and even ...
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Should I remove the baseboards and trim for built-ins?

I'm planning on putting in a built in murphy bed and book shelf along a wall in what is currently a guest room so I can take the space back for an office. I have 6 inch baseboards with quarter round ...
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Baseboard trim installed before tile?

I was looking to run some cabling behind my baseboards, but ran into trouble trying to get the baseboards off the wall. As best as I can tell, the contractor put the baseboards in, then laid the tile ...