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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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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What is the proper way to install/paint baseboard?

I've installed some new baseboards, though I'm not really sure I have the right method down. Here's what I do: Paint baseboard Paint walls Cut and install baseboard (using brad nailer and/or liquid ...
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Safe way to close gaps around copper pipes?

I have baseboard heaters in my main living space. I can't see for sure without taking the covers off (which I haven't done yet) but it appears 2 copper pips come up from the basement (through the ...
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How do I remove baseboard that has been tiled over?

The previous owner installed tile without re-installing the original baseboard. We are trying to remove the baseboard in preparation for installing laminate flooring. Afterwards our plan is to ...
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How to fill a gap behind plastic baseboard

I’ve added a waterproof plastic baseboard. Cut the angle at the door join at 45 deg which shows a predominant gap. I could just caulk it, but it would look terrible. What would be a good filler that ...
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Should I remove baseboards prior to installing laminate or wood floors?

I recently bought around 650sft of laminate floors, to replace around 570sft of carpeted floors in our MN home. These will go in on the main floor, right above an unfinished basement. I'm planning on ...
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How far apart should nails be when installing baseboards?

I am using a nail/brad gun to install baseboard. How far should I space the nails? I want to make sure I hit some of the studs, but don't want to take the time to find exactly where all the studs ...
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Should we install carpet before the baseboard and door casings?

We just had a carpet layer come in for measurements and a quote. We've not put in the baseboard or door casings yet, but the carpet layer has suggested that this will make things easier. Is this true ...
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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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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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What is the most suitable material to use for baseboards in bathroom

I used particle board baseboards in our bathroom a few years ago, but found, even after prepping/painting them, they have swelled up with the moisture in the bathroom (more around the bath area). I ...
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What is normally done to bridge skirting boards around an opening with different floor levels on each side?

I have to attach some skirting boards on recently plastered walls and openings. The issue is that the floors on each side of the opening are at different levels, therefore the opening has a step on it....
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How to finish room with protruding concrete ledge/foundation?

I am finishing a basement room and have a concrete ledge which is part of the foundation. It protrudes into the room about 2.5 inches and is about 6 inches high. This ledge is the result of a ...
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Do we need to install shoe molding?

We are removing our carpet to be replaced with locking laminate flooring. I am pulling the baseboard molding because we want to replace it with 3 1/4" MDF baseboard to be painted. Some of the reason ...
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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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How can baseboards be attached to a plaster-on-masonry wall?

The walls on the sides and back of my fireplace are plaster on masonry. How can I attach baseboards to these walls? I tried bonding with HMA but eventually that just peels the paint off.
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What is a good method to seal a baseboard to stop an existing draft?

Probably, due to faulty insulation/damp barrier, there is a cold draft coming through one of the upstairs baseboard. What is a good method to seal it? (It is a rented house, so, no I do not want to ...
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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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Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?

When I bought my baseboard heaters, thermostats and 220V breakers I was advised to get 12/3 wire. When I attempted to install the heaters I found that the thermostats, heaters, and even breakers have ...
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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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Can I decorate this skirting board install?

I've just had a carptener install skirting board and I'm struggling to see how I'll decorate them so they look half-decent. After he installed them he complained that the walls were difficult and ...
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What material to use to patch a hole near a heater?

The previous owner installed a base-board heater in the bathroom, but did a really poor job. Below the heater, there is a hole in the drywall where the wiring goes into the wall about the size of ...
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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 baseboard at the transition between floors with different height?

Recently I replaced the carpet with engineered floor. However, now I met the difficult to install the baseboard between the two floors with different height. See the picture: I don't know what's the ...
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What's the best material to patch gaps between moulding and the wall?

I am installing new moulding (aka baseboards, woodwork, etc). A few of the walls sort of dip inward, so a gap is left in between the moulding and drywall. What's a good material for patching this ...
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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Mismatched baseboards tie in

My daughter and son-in-law did a kitchen renovation, but there is some finish work still to do. The pic says it all: As you can see the kitchen base board is thicker and has a different profile from ...
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Why is there green stuff on my heater pipe?

No, really the baseboard heat is made of copper and is constructed of a series of pipes with fins. they look like heat sinks, or dissipation helpers. Well, was cleaning the carpet by the baseboard ...
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Can I run #14 armored cable behind baseboards?

Residential basement remodel problem: Replacing old, ungrounded wiring. Problem is cinder block walls. Inside, the exterior walls have rigid insulation and one layer of 1 x 3 furring strips ...
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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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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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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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Use baseboard to conceal wires?

I am not a carpenter (programmer actually), therefore I need to know if it is possible to conceal wires in a baseboard. Basically I want a combination of this And this But I don't want my entire ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I fill nail holes in baseboards?

While installing a new floor in my living room I had to remove the baseboards (finished wood, not painted), now that the job is done and the baseboards have been replaced what is the best way to fill ...
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Can baseboard trim be used for window and door casing?

Why baseboard trims can't be also used as door moldings in rooms? For example, floor molding of size 1/2" x 3-1/4" would perfectly fit as door molding. Are there special requirements for door casings ...
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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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How can I remove vinyl base without damaging the drywall?

My house has vinyl base material attached to the walls in the laundry room and bathrooms. This material is glued directly to the drywall. It is presently unclear if the glue was a pre-applied layer on ...
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Should I sand baseboard before painting it?

I am replacing some baseboards in my house. It is the most basic type: flat board 5-1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. I would prefer to buy primed board, but my local shops do not sell it for some reason (they ...
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Options for skirting board on slightly different levels

My kitchen floor is higher than my dining room floor and there is no door between them. Since removing a thick carpet from the dining room and rescuing the wood floor there is now about an inch gap ...
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Steam Baseboard vs. Steam Radiator

We currently have a single pipe steam heat system. We've had a couple of plumbers in to give us estimates on recessing our exposed radiators. Neither of them seemed thrilled with the idea and one ...
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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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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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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 my baseboard heater won’t turn with new thermostat?

I have a pair of electromod basement heater. The label on each of them show them show 750/1000W. Power supply to this is 240V I am trying to replace the old manual thermostat with a progrmabale one. ...
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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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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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Why isn't door casing mitered to meet base trim?

Question Up Front Why are door trims at the floor not cut at 45° like everything else is? Is it a style thing, or is there a functional reason for it? Details I have noticed in many houses that the ...
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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 ...