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Old 06-10-2007, 09:24 AM   #16
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The few times I had to do this, undercut saws didn't cut close enough to the tile. Since the base is more than likely not nailed from the tile line or below, this is what worked for me. Pry base loose and remove completely. The grout doesn't really stick to the base, so it comes out with a little coaxing. Once out, re-grout space and install new base. By the time you have cut off the base and trimmed it flat to the tile, which would be a chore, and assuming you didn't damage any tile, there may be remnants of old cut base that may show in front of the new. Any areas like that won't take more grout.
This sounds like the best advice to me under the circumstances.

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The few times I had to do this, undercut saws didn't cut close enough to the tile. Since the base is more than likely not nailed from the tile line or below, this is what worked for me. Pry base loose and remove completely. The grout doesn't really stick to the base, so it comes out with a little coaxing. Once out, re-grout space and install new base. By the time you have cut off the base and trimmed it flat to the tile, which would be a chore, and assuming you didn't damage any tile, there may be remnants of old cut base that may show in front of the new. Any areas like that won't take more grout.
what a pain... should it have taken off the baseboard in the beginning...
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Thank you all for the info. I really wasn't offended by earlier comments...probably because I don't know enough to be offended.

I did rent a jam saw (that did not have a tilt adjustment) that I used on a piece of cardboard box. I folded the cardboard to adjust the pitch down. I used a chisel in the tight areas to clean up the remaining board No damage to the tiles and not much damage to any grout and it looks like everything will work.

I would like to know about preference for MDF and PFJ. Also what length baseboard would you suggest?
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I would like to know about preference for MDF and PFJ. Also what length baseboard would you suggest?
Wet environment with floors that will also get wet: Use PFJ, not MDF.

Length is dependant on your bathroom size. Big Home stores allow you to cut trim work to the length you want and purchase it by the linear foot.

Generally, you want the longest piece that will fit on a wall. So that means that you should try to cover an entire wall with one length. Allow an additional 1-0" for novice re-cuts. Purchase a few extra lengths to allow for mistakes. Return what you do not use....
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why would someone installl tiles without removing the baseboard first?
Maybe it was installed with liquid nails. Thats the way i installed baseboard for my sister in her bathroom. Liquid nails and a few finish nails to hold it in place for the liquid nails to set up. I would imagine when you use liquid nails like i did some of the drywall might come off with the baseboard.
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To the original poster. If i was in your stituation. I would carefully chissel all the grout around baseboard. I would the lightly pry top of baseboard around wall just a little then take a hammer hit baseboard so the top of the nails would pop out. Then i would pull them out. Work around room like this. once all nails are out i would take some channel locks plyers get a good grip on the baseboard and try pulling it straight up and out.

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