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ionized 12-21-2012 05:46 PM

replacing baseboards
 
I am thinking that when new baseboards are installed that it would be a good idea to run a bead of caulk to the wall and to the floor. Is that correct?

thanks

joecaption 12-21-2012 05:53 PM

Why would you do that?
You install the base then just caulk any gaps when done.

ionized 12-21-2012 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1077624)
Why would you do that?
You install the base then just caulk any gaps when done.


I thought that the baseboard-wall-floor should be as airtight as possible.

joecaption 12-21-2012 06:15 PM

Little late now if the sheetrocks already up.
Air sealing is done between the sheetrock and the bottom plate.
It's not going to do any harm to do what you suggest, just little good and more mess and expance.

ionized 12-21-2012 06:30 PM

Thanks

There is no sheetrock per se. We have rock lath/plaster and it does not go to the floor. The baseboards are off as a consequence of replacing the floors. In some cases the subfloors are being replaced.

The house is over an open crawlspace. There are lots and lots of gaps to close. We will most likely spray foam the underside of the house, but there is lots of plumbing and electrical work to be fixed first. I need to plug a lot of holes with temporary fixes in the meantime.

joecaption 12-21-2012 09:12 PM

Has anyone fire blocked the top and bottoms of these walls?

ionized 12-22-2012 03:20 PM

Fireblock? I don't know what that means. Does the answer dictate whether I should caulk behind the baseboards?

Windows on Wash 12-24-2012 09:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ionized (Post 1078081)
Fireblock? I don't know what that means. Does the answer dictate whether I should caulk behind the baseboards?

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I would seal all the gaps in the wall at the subfloor level as well.


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