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Is it more important for your baseboards to have a consistent reveal (height) or for them to be level?

When putting a narrow item on a wall hang it level. When putting a wide/long item on the wall hang it parallel to the floor or ceiling, whichever is nearer. The eye can see a picture frame askew ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

The cause is simply nature. You've got wood that's outside. It gets wet, the wet stays in the wood, the wood rots. This happens when wood is left outside in an area where water can get stuck and ...
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How should my base molding interface with a stair skirt?

You want to find trim/moulding that matches the design of the top piece (it looks to be about an inch wide) above the 1x6 flat piece. Cut the new piece to match the cut at the top. On the bottom, the ...
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Installing a 48" vanity between two walls that are 51" apart. How can I cover the 1.5" gaps on the cabinet marble top and the cabinet sides?

This is a free standing vanity. It is not made to finish against a wall. The cabinet part does not lend itself to adding what we call "fillers" as a standard vanity cabinet would. The open ...
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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

The flooring is supposed to extend far enough under the door trim molding so that no sub-floor is visible. The gap you have is non-standard and is completely unacceptable. Presumably you have some ...
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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

While re-doing the floor to go under the trim would be desirable, a hack might make things worse. My best suggestion is a square edge plinth block to cover the mess. Maybe you'll have to do that ...
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How can I repair damaged door casing?

I would just replace the trim. If you were good with an oscillating saw or sharp wood chisel you could cut the molding just above the damaged area at an angle. Remove everything from there down. When ...
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How should my base molding interface with a stair skirt?

crip659 describes the proper way to miter this all together. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect, consider a plinth block. These are readily available at home stores, or you can simply cut a ...
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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

Baseboards should be installed after laminate. Most (all?) Laminate is a floating flooring system which means it doesn't actually attach to the subfloor (friction holds it in place once all the ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

Because that's what wood does, especially when exposed to regular and/or prolonged moisture. The lack of gable overhangs on the home are a factor. Even cedar and other rot-resistant species have their ...
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What should I do about this vanity that won't sit tight to the wall due to trim molding?

If that leg can be unscrewed and moved over 1/2 inch, that would be my first choice. If not, then I'd get a coping saw and cut the leg to fit the trim.
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

It's hard to say for sure without pulling it apart but your pictures suggest to me that you have water getting behind the wood at that corner. The reason I think this might be the case is that you ...
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What are the pros and cons of removing exterior dentil molding?

You're right that they're merely decorative. They're often a separate molding that lays over another board or molding. They can be removed or covered without issue. I do think it's a loss of nice ...
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Is it more important for your baseboards to have a consistent reveal (height) or for them to be level?

They don't have to be level, they have to look straight. This can actually get quite complicated when doing tile or vinyl planking (especially those with no underlayment). If you have "rooms&...
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Please help me identify this molding

That looks like bevel casing, possibly oak. Take your sample to local lumberyards (not big box stores) and see what they have. If you can’t find an exact match, replace everything in the immediate ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

3/8-5/8" but most 1/2" Reasoning: you have padding and carpet. With a plush carpet and pad you might be at almost an inch or even over. you don't want the tuck to be so tight that it looks like ...
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

An oscillating tool is your friend. It looks like it would reach to the bottom nail. Looks like you were able to pull the top of the board out enough to get to the bottom nail. You also may be able to ...
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How can I deal with gaps under shoe moulding?

Since you're not asking how to level the floor, and since that would be a much more substantial project requiring much more information, I'll just address the molding detail. Base shoe exists in part ...
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Installing a 48" vanity between two walls that are 51" apart. How can I cover the 1.5" gaps on the cabinet marble top and the cabinet sides?

I think I might try pushing the cabinet all the way to the left, leaving a gap of about 3" on the right. Then mount a towel bar all the way across, maybe 12" above the countertop or so. Then ...
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Do I need to remove drywall before casing an opening?

No, removing the drywall isn't required. It will narrow the opening slightly but you should have no issues nailing it over the drywall. Think about how standard doors are trimmed out, over the drywall....
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Is it a problem to have gaps in the drywall hidden by molding?

If you can no longer see the openings in the drywall your contractor did a good job, molding is there to cover the ends at the floor and edges at openings so there is no need to go back it will not ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

We require “back priming”. That means pre-paint all surfaces before the trim is installed...especially cut ends. End grain on trim sucks up moisture more than side grain.
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Should I erase pencil marks on primed trim before painting

Pencil marks will not have much effect on paint adhesion, and will not cause staining, but they may show through light-coloured paints. So yeah either do a test to see if they show through, or just ...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase?

That is a cloth covered cable and most likely live. There is nothing weird about it it is very common in older homes pre 1960’s the cable was just painted over many times. In the past electrical code ...
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Do I need to remove drywall before casing an opening?

You don't need to remove the drywall, but I strongly encourage you to remove the corner bead. It adds substantial thickness to the opening and taper to the wall. Run a long straightedge across the ...
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Installing Baseboard Moulding with Brad Nailer

If you are renovating the whole house, or at least a good portion of it, I would purchase a nail gun over renting it or borrowing it. Owning it lets you use it when you need it, not like going to get ...
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Mitering an outside crown molding?

To answer your specific questions, you shouldn't assume spring angle is 45 degrees. Put a framing square on the flats of the crown and you'll know if it's symmetrical or 38/52. To cut this flat, your ...
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Moulding descriptions have a 2-3 letter acronym in their description (eg. LWM, WM, WG) - what do they stand for?

Thanks for clarifying your motivation behind asking. If your goal was to learn a universal nomenclature of moldings, I was bringing bad news: My 25 years of directly related experience has uncovered ...
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

The problems I see are the bottom nails nailed into the baseboard. Get a keyhole saw or single handle hack saw, see picture below, and cut those bottom nails. Then pull the baseboard straight up. Use ...
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How to connect mismatched height baseboards?

You will need to remove the original base back to the nearest joint or corner and replace it with new. Lower the new piece in the picture half of the amount needed, and raise the new replacement ...
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