How to Install Baseboard


Baseboard is the skirting board located at the lowest part of the wall. The purpose of baseboard is to create a finished look to the wall. The base board is chosen based on the design and style of the room architectural. When choosing baseboard, make sure it is in harmony with the casings. Generally, baseboard is thinner than the casings. The moldings for the baseboard are available in different variety including MDF, Ultralite, and Finger joint wood. The baseboard can be manufactured from a variety of material including fir, pine, oak and etc. Besides for decoration purposes, the baseboard protects the walls from dampness, and abrasion. The baseboard consists of a simple plank that is nailed and screwed to the wall. In old houses, the baseboard are made from several mouldings. Besides wood baseboards, there are plastic baseboard which is available in several colors. Plastic baseboard are usually glued to the wall.

Before installing the baseboard, you should measure the length of the wall that need to be covered. You should add an additional 10 percent to the initial length in case you perform mistakes. If the baseboard is longer than the wall, you can cut each end at 90 degrees so that they will fit in to the side of the wall.

You should select the type of baseboard which you want to use for the room. There are several types of baseboards which you can choose from including shapes and sizes. The plank for the baseboards can be purchased from a home improvement center.

After that, you should find the longest wall and cut a scarf joint. The scarf joint can be created by putting the first board in place and using a pencil to mark a 45 degree cut. You can use a miter saw to cut the end of the wood at 45 degree. The sand paper can be used to smooth out the rough edges on the wood. When you are done, you can hammer the baseboard to the wall. Now, you can cut a different piece of board and saw it at the 45 degree. When you are done, you can fit the two pieces together.

Once the two baseboard is fit in properly, you can apply a layer of wood glue on the angled joint. To make sure it is firm, you can gently push it against the wall.

Next, you should cut an inside coped joint. The coped joint is used in the place where two pieces of baseboards meet. You can make a coped joint by fastening the end of the baseboard against the wall in a 90 degree angle. After that, you can use a pencil to trace the profile of the baseboard. You can use a wasted baseboard to mark out the profile. In this way, you can easily make a coped joint.

After you have finished installing the baseboard around the room, you can use a wood filler to fill in the gaps. You should allow some time for the wood filler to dry up before removing off the excess. You can use caulk to fill in gap between the baseboard and wall.

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