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Old 01-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Plastic behind baseboards

I bought an older house. It has hardwood floors, and various combinations of lath/plaster, drywall, and fake wood panel stuff. At the base of the walls is the baseboards, which I removed to paint and/or replace. Behind these wood baseboards along the entire length is a piece of plastic. Thin sheet stuff.

Has anyone seen plastic behind baseboards before? Is this plastic for some function? Do I need it, or should I remove it?


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Old 01-23-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Remove it---Never seen that---can't think of one good reason for it,either---


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The plastic was put under and up the walls when they laid the hardwood floor as a moisture barrier in case of water leaks in other rooms or of high moisture concrete.. Leave it and just install the new baseboard over the top of it.
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That was my first guess to.
Far more common to see rosin paper or tar paper.
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