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mantissa 09-30-2012 01:47 PM

Existing drywall two inches above the floor

I am redoing a closet and getting ready to put a new floor in. After I removed the baseboard I realized the drywall is about 2" from the subfloor. The previous owner had put some scrap board behind the base (see pic below) to have something to nail into but did not tape it so it was a mess. I've cleaned it out (see pic below) but not sure what to do now. Should I patch in new drywall, put a board around, something else? Any guidance would be very appreciated.


joecaption 09-30-2012 01:54 PM

I bet if you measure from the floor to the ceiling you will find it was more then 8' tall. I'd clen off that area so there was no humps and just tape and mud it. Your just trying to stop air leaks. One coat should do it, then sand it flat.

mae-ling 09-30-2012 05:07 PM

If baseboard covers it just rip the right thickness of plywood (1/2" or 5/8" often) and put it in gap. Then baseboard over it.

mantissa 09-30-2012 05:08 PM

joecaption you are right on the height - just measured and it's 8' 2". Guess they figured why tape/mud if you can't see it.

mae-ling, also a good point. The baseboard does cover it. I wonder if there would be any downside with a wood fill-in.


chrisn 10-01-2012 04:02 AM

Put the base board back up and forget about it, it's done. I am sure you have more pressing issues that you could worry about:wink:

ToolSeeker 10-01-2012 08:40 AM

You need to put at least a small block of plywood or something along to bottom just keep your base from tilting back at the bottom.

Fix'n it 10-01-2012 08:42 AM

inside wall =just put the base board back on. outside wall = caulk it then put the base board back on.
if you are going to paint, paint first, but after the caulk.

NHtransplant 10-01-2012 08:50 AM

I agree. If it's in interior wall, just put the base back up. It won't be a problem. If it is an exterior wall, seal it up so you have no air leaking through then put the base back up.

mantissa 10-01-2012 06:25 PM

Thanks for all the replies/advice. I'll let you all know what I end up doing and how it goes :)

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