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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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 ...
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How to repair damage to MDF baseboard trim

About a week ago while I was mopping the tile floors a part of my baseboard swelled up, which I thought was weird. Today I decide to cut the bubbled part out and when I did all that came out was this ...
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Is it bad to have the bottom of a baseboard heater covered?

I live in an apartment with baseboard heaters. As the temperature outside gets colder so does my apartment. The thermostat is set high enough, but it just doesn't reach that temperature. When it's ...
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How can I transition from baseboard to a flat bathtub?

I have 3 1/4in baseboard molding that I want to transition from to a flat surfaced bathtub/shower. What are the generally accepted options for doing so? I could cut it at a 45, 90 or some other option ...
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Why are baseboard miters not straight even after tuning saw?

I'm installing baseboard for the first time and I keep noticing when doing 45° cuts the top is sticking out a fraction more than the bottom, see picture. I'm using a dewalt 716 miter saw and have used ...
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Electric baseboard wiring

I have a 240v 1500w 6.5a electric baseboard heater with a wall mounted thermostat. What I found out is that the the thermostat and all the outlets in the room are on the same 20a breaker with this ...
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Noisey Baseboard Heating

My house has baseboard heating from a natural gas water boiler and I am hearing some rattling when I turn on the heat at night on the 2nd floor. My house has 2 zones and I believe the issue is that ...
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How do I cover large gaps of floor from wall with baseboard?

I just installed laminate floors in my basement. One wall (drywall) is not perfectly straight, leaving an area of the floor with a space as big as 1 3/4 inches from the wall. I don't like the idea ...
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How Would You Reattach This Baseboard?

Do I need to replace the drywall that was ripped out? Nail-gun or hammer and nails? What type of nails? Thanks!
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Replacing Tall Baseboards with Smaller Baseboard

I am installing new baseboards along my walls but the baseboard I removed was really tall (probably about 5 inches). The new base moulding is only about 3 1/4 inches tall. The walls where the ...
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Patch hole in skirting board

I've had my Victorian flat rewired and this involved moving electrical sockets from the skirting boards (baseboards) leaving rectangular holes in the wood. Is it possible to patch these and repaint or ...
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Bevelling skirting boards to match architraves

Have an issue and looking at skirting boards which are 18mm thick (wife wants the tall 138mm ones which come thicker unless get them custom made which is more than double the price) but architrave is ...
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Is caulk acceptable for filling nail holes in baseboard?

Several folks in this very helpful thread suggest using putty to fill nail holes during baseboard installation. I've got multiple contractors doing work on my remodel and one says caulk isn't a good ...
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How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall

I am installing Ikea Pax system of wardrobes and was wondering if I should or should not remove the baseboards in order to have it flushed against the wall.Husband's concerns if of the mold and ...
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I need to paint stained wood trim

The wood is newly stained, no varnish or shellac. Do I need to do anything before I paint, or can I just go with primer? I am spraying the wood white.
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base board transition piece

We have already laid baseboard in both rooms but when we got to where they meet, two different levels. Is there a way to put maybe a sloping piece so they meet? What should I do? The flooring has ...
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Is it possible to fix bowed baseboards?

I have an old house which probably dates back to 1920s or so. Most walls are plaster and the outside walls are brick. Tenants in the 80s or 90s did not take good care of it. It was rehabbed, quickly ...
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Installing baseboards

I'm putting in baseboards in my kid's bedroom and have only been able to find the profile I want in MDF. I would prefer wood as I understand it is more durable. I've gotten conflicting information re ...
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Is this a bleeder? Why won't it close?

In trying to repair a pipe I went to empty my baseboard heating system, and so I tried to open what I thought was a bleeder. It didn't seem to make any difference, and now after unbolting it it will ...
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Best cost efficient plug-in heating devices / radiators

We moved to a 2-bedroom apartment that has baseboard heating devices installed. Our first electricity bill was huge (around $400) and we only used 3 of them and not all day long. Here is a pic of the ...
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Baseboard heater install from room to room?

I am looking to install 240v electric baseboard heaters which will be fed with 12-2 on 20 amp breakers. I did my amperage calculation 4000/240v = 16.6 amps. So with that said I can run all my heaters ...
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PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall

My landlord fixed a leak from the baseboard heating system using a plumber who decided to run the red [guessing PEX pipes] from the water heater/boiler to the baseboards along the ceiling. The pipes ...
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How can I replace a 3 wire thermostat with a 4 wire on baseboard electric heater?

The old thermostat had a black, red, and white wire. Black went to black, red to red and white to white in wall. New thermostat has 2 blacks and 2 reds. What to I connect the new wires to?
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Can you use casing molding for baseboard molding?

I am curious if there are any reasons not to use a casing molding (typically used for doors or windows) as base molding along the floor? The casing molding is made out of pine which seems to be used ...
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How should I finish a basement with a pitched floor?

I am building a room in the basement where the slab has a pitch. I have already installed had a foam and magnesium board subfloor and my intention is to have a carpet installed on top of that. The ...
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How do you troubleshoot a baseboard heater that is not heating up?

I have baseboard heat and we are not getting heat on one room. Can't bleed air from the baseboard itself. How do I troubleshoot the issue?
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Is baseboard important? (and 3 choices for trim on wall-to-floor transition)

I'm pulling out wall-to-wall carpet and installing solid hardwood floor. I am also removing the old baseboard and repairing the bottom of the wall with drywall compound to take out any weird ridges ...
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Baseboards on wavy wall

I have a 25 foot drywall wall left that I am doing some wainscoting... I ripped up the old baseboards, and am bumping them out 3/4" basically following this guide a bit: http://www.familyhandyman.com/...
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Heating zone not working when other 2 do

I have three zones of forced air/baseboard heating in my house. I had the furnace shut off for the summer and after turning it back on, two zones in the house work and one does not. Any tips on how ...
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How do I wire a 240 Volt 500 Watt baseboard heater?

Do I run 12-2 wire to a wall thermostat and heater off a 20 amp breaker? Does the black and white wire go to a double pole breaker?
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How to join two 1x6s to form a 23' baseboard with a seamless transition?

My upstairs hallway is 23' long and one of its sides has no doors on it, meaning the baseboard on that side covers it continuously. I am using 1x6 poplar for baseboard and the longest piece my local ...
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How can I remove stubborn nails from baseboard?

I have tried pounding the nails out through the front, they don't budge. I have tried pulling the nails through the back with pliers, they break off. The baseboard is a laminate from old laminate ...
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What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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Painting Prefinished baseboard

I'm looking at purchasing some prefinished baseboard to save me some time. My plan is just to paint it white. Am I correct in my thinking that since it is prefinished, I should just be able to paint ...
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Baseboard lumber choices for staining

I am in the process of selecting lumber for my baseboards. My flooring is prefinished maple, dark red/brown, stained, looks great. I was thinking about also smooth finished but not stained maple but ...