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gloriousglenn 07-29-2012 09:34 AM

Huge gap under baseboards!
 
It was difficult to think of a title that best describes this! Anyway, the problem is this....

I have laid a hardwood floor and I am now fitting new baseboards back on the wall. I cut them all to length, put the first piece in and it seems that the floor is bowed! The baseboard sits flush at one end and the other, and there is a 3/4" gap from the floor to the bottom of the baseboard, in the middle. Here are some pics to hopefully show the problem.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...Y/DSC_8972.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...Y/DSC_8971.jpg

Is there any easy way of sorting this out?

Cheers
Glenn

oh'mike 07-29-2012 09:43 AM

You will need shoe molding---however that gap is---huge---and a standard 1/2 x3/4 shoe might not cover---

Fix'n it 07-29-2012 10:41 AM

did you nail it in yet ? if not, try pushing down in the middle. i bet it flexs enough to hide most of that gap.

btw, my whole house is bowed :(

gloriousglenn 07-29-2012 11:01 AM

It's not nailed in, and it will bow a considerable amount, but is this gonna look OK when I push it down and nail it in? I would like to with an option that would make it look the best way.

gloriousglenn 07-29-2012 11:09 AM

Perhaps a combination of the two....push the board down to get the gap down to 5/8" or even 1/2", nail the baseboard in place in place, then get some shoe moulding and get that in place? Sounds good in my head!!

gloriousglenn 07-29-2012 11:13 AM

Oh, and hope you all like the green walls! It's a kids playroom!!! I know, hardwood in a kids playroom!!! But we've got a load of matting to go down to keep them bump free....well, as bump free as possible!!

woody4249 07-29-2012 11:59 AM

It is not essential that baseboards are "level"
As the bow to the floor seems to be in the middle, maybe the floor is bowed at the opposite wall also.To determine the extent of floor deflection first string a chalk line below the baseboard height say 1" below the top edge, doing this in each corner at the height if the baseboard now. You can then measure the extent of the bow.

The remedy can be a combination of one to four things.
1] Scribe the baseboard to the floor using a pair of compasses to mark
2] Push the baseboard down in the middle
3] Use a shoe molding
4] Call ya dad.......... numbskull
....you have my number:wink:

gloriousglenn 07-29-2012 06:47 PM

Great! I'm now being outed as a "numbskull", by my own dad, on a DIY forum!!

BigJim 07-29-2012 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gloriousglenn (Post 977043)
Great! I'm now being outed as a "numbskull", by my own dad, on a DIY forum!!

And let that be a lesson to you young man.:)

Fix'n it 07-29-2012 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gloriousglenn (Post 976754)
It's not nailed in, and it will bow a considerable amount, but is this gonna look OK when I push it down and nail it in? I would like to with an option that would make it look the best way.

no matter what you do to hide that, will be noticable, if you look hard enough. just bow it some and move on to the next project.

Thunder Chicken 07-29-2012 09:59 PM

Could scribe a filler for the bottom, but that is a big sag. Something isn't going to look quite right no matter what you do, so do the best you can.

What is under the floor? If it is over a basement a well-placed screw jack might help.

ratherbefishing 07-30-2012 04:56 PM

1. Bend the base.
2. Add shoe.
3. Put a piece of furniture against the wall.

Rclancyc 07-30-2012 05:12 PM

Bend it, nail it, shoe mold it, then caulk it if you still have a gap.

AtlanticWBConst. 08-01-2012 07:52 AM

Push the areas of baseboard down where you need it to contour to the floor sag.

As others have suggested, you can also use shoe base to make up some of the lesser width gaps.

Alternately, you could scribe the baseboard where needed (if you have the skill level and equipment to be able to do the cuts and install).

danpik 08-01-2012 11:16 AM

OK
I'll ask it....
Is the floor bowed or is the moulding bowed??????????

I have seen more than my share of base molding that is not straight. Stringline the floor and the molding first to see which is out of line. Better yet, flip the molding over (top on the bottom) and see if the bow is in the same place


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