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Old 03-07-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Baseboards without nails?

I have a rather unique situation in my basement. The bottom section of the wall is drywall glued on to solid foam glued on to the cement wall. The foam looks to be about 1" thick. Everything is is good shape and no moisture problems at all.

I know I could glue the baseboards on to the wall, but every so often we need to pull up the laminate floor. Is there any sort of clip system that exists that would allow for the trim to be removable but still look halfway decent?


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Got a lose, lose situation there.
Wall was built wrong and laminate never should have been used.
Why does the laminate need to keep coming out? Water damage?


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It's not the whole wall that's like that. It's where it was benched from when they dug out the basement. I imagine the previous owner didn't want to lose a 2x4 or 2x3 depth since this basement is SMALL. Above the bench it's built the way it should with studs and spray foam and drywall.

In the 5 years we've lived here there have been some minor leaks twice. Once when the whole city flooded, and once during another massive flash storm (both considered "75 year" occurrences). Otherwise, it's dry as a bone.

The laminate is actually perfect since it comes out so easily. It's off the floor due to the membrane, and just clicks apart and back together.
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Situation is certainly not ideal how it was built but that not your question. How about some industrial double stick tape? Or just use a few dabs of a lower sticking caulk and you could then just pop it off. It'll take some paper with it but not like this'll happen often. But once/if you get real water coming in, that laminate will be toast.
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You could always screw in the baseboard with some tapcons screws that will go through the drywall and insulation into foundation. If it was me I would just glue it like jb said
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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Here is an off the wall answer, for some-taking the baseboard off the wall question:
What about Velcro? You could run a full length the whole length of the baseboard, making sure you use the glue Velcro. If you get regular Velcro make sure you use the 3m tape
This is an easy off, easy on solution

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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Velcro would work and be the easy remove option but not cheap. If you glue it and ever have to remove the baseboard, run a knife along the top edge of the baseboard to cut through the paper so it doesn't tear when the base is pulled off.


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