How To Install Baseboard?
Baseboard molding on the walls of your house give a final appearance and also add beauty to the home. Baseboard moldings are the final trims to be done in the rooms and are meant to fill gaps between the wallboard and floors. The moldings also form a pleasingly cohesive perimeter. The moldings are added after the painting to the room is completed.
Choosing a Baseboard Style :
Always choose a board style that is complimenting to the room and should also mix well with the existing mill work of the room. There are a variety of board styles available, and you can choose from the best possible design.
Materials Required for Installation :
Many materials are required to install a baseboard in your room. Some of them are mentioned here,
- Baseboard Molding
- Cap Molding
- Measuring tape
- Miter and Circular Saw
- Stud Finder
- Pencil and Level
- Carpenters glue and Construction Adhesive
- Nails and Nailgun
1. Measuring and Cutting of the Molding :
- Be careful while cutting the molds. The cutting should be done as per the measurements. Always cut few inches extra for the molds that meet outside the walls.
- Make numbering on the molds, so it’s easy for installation.
- Make sure that the floor is completely leveled, check once with the level.
2. Begin the Installation:
- Start the installation at a convenient location.
- Hammer two finishing nails through the board at each stud, near the top and bottom of the baseboard.
- If needed added splices, when the length of the wall is more than the moldings.
- See that the joint is not on the stud, where nails are nailed.
3. Miter Corners
- To miter, the outside corners, fit the coped end of the molding first and then mark the joint location with the piece in place.
- Keep in mind that corners are not always square. You may need to adjust joint angles slightly for a good fit.
4. Add Shoe Molding
- To complete the work add shoe molding.
- Place the shoe molding on the bottom of the molding and nail it to the baseboard.
- To have a more traditional look, you can add cap molding at the top of the frame.
5. Review the work completed
- After nailing the molding to the wall, leave it for some time and come back to check the work completed.
- Use sandpaper to remove extra adhesive. Remove the sharp edges by using sandpaper.
- Apply putty on the nail holes and let dry for some time
- Add another coat of paint or putty if needed
- After the putty is dried up, use the sandpaper to remove the extra putty and make it smooth.
Now that you have completed baseboard molding, it’s time to apply primer and paint to the molding.