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pamelak855 02-03-2011 08:54 AM

Baseboard help for a Newbie!
Hi Everyone!

I need to replace a small section of baseboard molding - it looks like 1/4 or 1/2 round? It's at the bottom of a section of paneling. It is a ver long oiece and I only want to cut out the bad section of it and replace it. Can I do that without taking the whole piece off the bottom of the wall? Or is there a way to just cut that one section out.


oh'mike 02-03-2011 09:10 AM

There is a handy cutting tool that will do that--It's called a multi- tool.

Mine came from Harbor Freight--cost for a cheap one $29--

It just might be cheaper and neater to replace the entire length of trim--

Edgar214 02-03-2011 09:27 AM

Mike you are right on. Don't know how I survived with out my "multi-tool".

oh'mike 02-03-2011 10:24 AM

That muli-tool was a happy surprise----I bought it as a one time use tool --odd job of replacing outside window sills---

That silly little tool comes off the truck almost every day---Glad I got the Harbor Freight one---the blades are half the price of the other brands--

So rare to find a tool that is actually better than expected---Mike---

DexterII 02-03-2011 10:51 AM

Another way to handle this might be to split through the bad section of shoe moulding with a chisel, pull it away from the wall, lay a piece of scrap laminate, 1/4" plywood, or whatever you have, under it, and cut it with a back or hand saw, just like you would otherwise, except that you have to be careful to not damage the floor. The only thing is that you will probably slit it where you don't want to if you try to pull it and the nails out together, so the trick is to drive the nails through the moulding with a nail set, and then putty the holes when you are done. If you can't see the nail heads, just pry it away from the wall enough for the nails to just slightly crack the surface, then drive them through.

Ron6519 02-03-2011 11:33 AM

If the molding comes off easily, I'd take it off and cut the piece off at a 45 degree angle and put the new piece on. Scarf joints don't open as much as butt cuts.

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