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Installing baseboard trim


Designing a customized baseboard molding is a good way to express some of your own creativity. One simple design is shown here. It consists of three boards: a flat baseboard, topped with a stock cap molding, and a 3/4-inch shoe molding. The height of the baseboard and the profile of the cap molding and shoe can be changed easily to something you like better. One great advantage to this approach is that the baseboard is installed with butted inside corner joints, so no coped joints are required.
 

 

Step 1. To install a three-board base assembly, first Cut the baseboards to length, and test them for fit. If these boards donít sit flat on the floor, place them on shims; level them in place; then scribe the bottom edge to the floor, as shown below left. Here the shims represent the height of the finished flooring.

 

 

Step 2. Nail the baseboards on the wall; then cut and nail the base cap boards in place. Form inside corners by nailing a square end base cap in place. Then cope the end of the other cap board and test fit the joint.

 

 

Step 3. A finished outside corner shows how the boards are joined. The ends of the baseboards, the base caps, and the shoe moldings are all joined with miter joints. No coped joints are required.

 

 

Step 4. When a shoe molding ends next to a plinth block at the bottom of a door casing, hold the shoe next to the block. Then mark the end of the shoe molding to show how much of it is exposed beyond the front of the plinth block.

 

 

Step 5. Cut an open miter on the end of the shoe molding, so the scribed line is just visible. Then nail the shoe to the baseboard using 4d finishing nails. Make sure that you donít nail the shoe to the floor because it can split over time as the floor moves up and down.

 

NAILING BASEBOARD

 
 

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SCRIBING BASEBOARD

IF THE FLOOR IS DRAMATICALLY OUT OF LEVEL, YOU SHOULD SCRIBE THE BASEBOARD TO ABSORB THE DISCREPANCY. PLACE SHIMS BENEATH THE BASEBOARD TO BRING IT LEVEL; THEN USE A SCRIBER TO MARK THE BOTTOM FACE OF THE BOARD FOR THE REQUIRED ADJUSTMENT.

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