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How to Replace Baseboards in the Home

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by Alana Day
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Baseboards are one of the things that need replacing every decade or so, and they do take up a lot of wreck.

Hitting chairs against them or putting furniture’s right along the baseboards will cause damage in the long-run. Replacing baseboards is very easy and it will really change the look of your home when you are done.

If you have a simple wooden baseboard that has just been painted over, you may want to think about sprucing that up with a designed baseboard. A designed baseboard usually has a level of style and groove in it, which would really highlight the walls in your home.

The color of the baseboard doesn’t really make a difference as you can just paint over it.

In order to replace your baseboard, you will need a hammer, chisel, measuring tape, staple gun or small screws and wood caulk.
Alright, so removing your old baseboard is the easy part and it can be a little fun as well. When removing the baseboard, you need to make sure that you don’t damage the wall. In some older homes, baseboards were put in using screws.

If you simply remove the baseboard and start ripping it off the wall, it will damage your wall. A hammer with a claw on the side could be great in removing baseboards. Create some room between the baseboard and the wall and start removing it. Remove all the baseboards so that it saves you sometime in the end.

Next, measure the entire length of the wall that you will be replacing the baseboard on. If you are replacing the baseboard in all the rooms in thehome, make sure to measure all of it so that you know exactly how much you need. It is always best to purchase ten percent more than you need so that you have some in case you make a mistake in the cutting process.

When buying baseboards, don’t mistake crown moldings as they are used for the ceiling. Baseboards come in various widths, so if you had a large one before, it may not be a good idea to buy a smaller one. If anything, you should get one that is larger or just the same size in width.

Begin with one corner of your room and work your way around it. A common mistake people make is that they use the old baseboards to create the measurements for the new one. This is not the best way to do it, and it will cause errors in the end. As you know, at a corner, you want to have a perfect cut for the baseboard.

The best thing to do in this case is to cut both pieces at an angle of 45degrees. This would allow both corner baseboards to fit in perfectly without any gaps. Resist nailing down any of your baseboards until you have all the pieces cut up and ready for installation.

Remember that when you are cutting the 45 degree angle with the saw, it is important to know which way you are cutting it. If the first piece is cut at 45 degrees to the right, the next one should be to the left. Attaching the baseboards to the wall could be done with a nail gun, or a small screw. If you are going to be using screws, try to use a minimum size screw of three inches.

Hammer down the nails to ensure a firm fit to the wall. Finally, use some wood putty to fill the gap between the top of the baseboard and the wall. You can use a small towel to apply a very thin strip, as a lot of putty would look bad in the end.

Updated: July 4, 2013 — 9:28 pm

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