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rtoni 05-14-2010 11:22 AM

small baseboard against tapered edge
hi - hope this isn't a dumb question - i drywalled my living room area using horizontal sheets. top edge will butt against a t&g or some kind of bead-board ceiling so i'll likely have some kind of wood trim there. Bottom edge will have a regular baseboard finish.

since the bottom edge is tapered (I didn't mud it) what happends if the baseboard I'm planning on using is fairly short (e.g. 3 -1/4 ")? setting the back of the baseboard against a tapered surface - won't that make it go kinda wonky?

sort of the same question on the top edge - if I use a narrow trim piece that does not cover the width of the tapered drywall edge - will not look right?

do the pro's mud the top /bottom edges, or do you just plan on using larger stock to trim top and bottom finishes on horizontal drywall runs to cover the tapered edges?

bjbatlanta 05-14-2010 01:25 PM

The tapered edge is about 2-5/8" and standard base is 3-1/4" , both should be off the floor approx. 1/2", so it shouldn't matter. If you go with a narrower base, you should fill the taper or you will be able to see the transition at the taper. When finishing for a grid ceiling I usually fill the taper at the top for just that reason so I can keep the wall mold as high as possible without the taper showing. Any crown mold over 2-3/4" will cover. Smaller, and it will need to be filled.

rtoni 05-14-2010 01:53 PM

thanks BJB - just thinking - even if I used a taller baseboard what would happen if I shoot nails into the tapered area - the board would cover, but would it pull the bottom into the taper - at the same time leaving a bit of a gab along the top edge of the baseboard?

I got a feeling I have a bit more work to do

bjbatlanta 05-14-2010 03:58 PM

As long as the top of the base is above the taper, you won't have a problem. The top needs to be caulked anyway if you're painting. I have never had to fill the bottom taper that I can recall (I do trim also).

rtoni 05-17-2010 09:07 AM

thanks bjb - appreciate the advice...

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