Baseboard installation involves the use of trims to wrap the cross section of the wall and the floor. Basically, baseboards are used to cover rough and uneven edges between the joints and also serve as protection from abrasion and furniture. Baseboards can be made out of plastic or wood consist of a simple plank nailed, screwed or glued to the wall; however, particularly in older houses, it can be made up of a number of moldings for decoration.
Baseboard and shoe moldings come in different varieties and styles. To get the look and design you want, you can pick from understated to elaborately detailed types. There are several basic steps to follow for baseboard installation to get desirable results without wasting hours of frustrating effort. Though there may come a time when you have to improvise some steps to solve a problem, combining two or more steps will be necessary to come out with a great solution. But don?t worry? they?re all easy, fast and free.
1. Determine how much material you will need for the perimeter of the room for baseboard installation.
2. Always buy more trims that the required measurements ask for as you can never be sure whether or not you will need scrap ends. Mistakes always comes in the most unexpected instances so by having extra trims handy, you will be prepared for the inevitable errors on cutting and measuring. Most baseboard installation uses 10% excess estimation.
3. For primed material, sanding should be done before sticking the baseboard on the wall. This will save you from a lot of time on your hands while bending down. As for bare wood materials, use primer to stain and paint, then allow it to dry and sand it before installing.
4. The critical part is most probably cutting excellent miter joints. To make perfect cuts, power miter saw is the best tool to aid baseboard moldings. When up against tough angle corners, use trial and error using scrap trims until you finally find the perfect angle measurement and cut. Finally, use that values on the power miter saw to extract the trim pieces for installation.
5. Be sure to nail the baseboard right on the wall studs by using stud finders. Use nail sets or a nail gun to sink the nails on the wall. Use putty to hide the holes, allow to dry then sand. Lastly, apply your desired finish coat. You can use either a gloss or semi-gloss paint or varnish.