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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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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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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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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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How to cut 45 angles in quarter round shoe molding with circular saw?

Really too dangerous cutting small base shoe molding with a circular saw. It is so easy to cut that you should just buy one of those cheap wooden miter boxes that you use with a fine toothed back ...
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Can PVC moulding be used indoors?

We like it for bathrooms and other wet environments. It nails perfectly normally with an air nailer (usually 18g). The only thing is that you can't cut it slowly, as it'll melt and you'll end up ...
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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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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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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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Can I use glue instead of nails to install shoe molding?

Shoe molding may have to be removed in the future to work on the floor or the wall. That's fairly easy with nails. It's fairly difficult with glue, unless you use something like hide glue that's ...
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How would a professional flash this?

The term to research is kick out flashing. It's used when a roof line butts up against a vertical surface near the edge. It sends the water away from the vertical edge into the gutter. Example:
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Router bit for baseboards

Likely a false economy. You might spend $200 or more on tools for the job...router bits are not cheap, and neither is a good router (though the cost of bits soon exceeds the cost of the router, be it ...
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Install exterior window trim without puncturing nailing fins

Personally, we regard flashing tape as self-healing, to an extent. At least, to the extent that we don't worry about a few finish nails going through it. See, that tape and those fins are really ...
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Why isn't door casing mitered to meet base trim?

The issue is that normally, moldings around a door are very different from baseboard molding. You can easily bevel two identical moldings together; you can't do the same if the profiles are different. ...
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How to remove window wood trim to replace crank operator?

Use a thin prybar, carefully. Look closely at the joints on the bottom trim piece that's in your way, and you'll note that it's not "locked in" to the rest of the frame - because that piece was ...
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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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