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How to Install Baseboard

Posted on 30 July 2017 by admin (0)

In our last post we taught you how to measure square feet. In today’s post, we are going to provide instructions on how to install a baseboard (also known as molding) along the bottom of the walls in your home.

Baseboards function to conceal the joint between a wall in your home and the floor but baseboards can provide visual appeal too. Your baseboards add a little polish to the décor of a room. Baseboards are available in various materials, including wood, composite and laminate.

You will want a tight, secure fit during the installation of a baseboard and we will show you how to do it. To complete this project, you will need 3-4 hours and around $100-200.

The Tools You Need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Drill
  • Stud Finder
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Baseboards
  • Wood Cover
  • Wood Putty

Don’t forget to wear the proper protective gear during this installation. You will want to wear eye goggles at all times as well as gloves.

The Steps to Success:

#1. Measure

The first thing to do is measure along the walls to determine how much materials you will need and the necessary length of the baseboard. If you plan to install the baseboard prior to installing carpet you will want to create some depth between the bottom of the baseboard and the top of the floor.

You can now purchase the baseboard and necessary installation materials.

#2. Placement

Place the baseboard into an interior corner of the room. Now locate the studs in the wall along the length of the baseboard using your stud finder. Each time you locate a stud in the wall, mark the spot on the baseboard using a pencil or chalk.

#3. Nails

Hammer your finishing nails into the spots along the baseboard where the studs are. You should hammer one nail near the top of the baseboard and one near the bottom of the baseboard. Then push the nails into the baseboard using your nail set. This will make the nails more discrete. You can use a nail gun and compressor to speed up this step of the process. Then place wood putty into the nail holes and let it dry.

#4. Joint/Corner

Now create an inside joint using your miter saw. You will want the joint to line up in the corner and be balanced. Then saw the other end at a 45-degree angle to create the outside corner of the baseboard. Be very careful when using the miter saw as this is a very dangerous piece of equipment that deserves your complete attention.

#5. Shoe Molding

Then add shoe molding along the bottom of the baseboard. The shoe molding adds more polish to the finished looked and helps create a balanced look along the base of the wall in spots where the floor is uneven. You will need to saw the shoe molding as well to fit ends and corners. You should install the shoe molding using nails and conceal the nails with the wood putty.

You’re all done! The baseboard is installed and in place and you can now install carpet or admire your finished work.

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