Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
Member
 
gloriousglenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 35
Share |
Default

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.





Is there any easy way of sorting this out?

Cheers
Glenn

gloriousglenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,415
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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

__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
gloriousglenn (07-29-2012), ltd (07-30-2012)
Old 07-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: far sw sub chicago
Posts: 3,621
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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
Fix'n it is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Fix'n it For This Useful Post:
gloriousglenn (07-29-2012), ltd (07-30-2012)
Old 07-29-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
Member
 
gloriousglenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 35
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 10:09 AM   #5
Member
 
gloriousglenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 35
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to gloriousglenn For This Useful Post:
ghostlyvision (07-29-2012), mae-ling (08-01-2012), oh'mike (07-29-2012)
Old 07-29-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
Member
 
gloriousglenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 35
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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!!

Last edited by gloriousglenn; 07-29-2012 at 10:16 AM.
gloriousglenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
Retired Cabinetmaker
 
woody4249's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jacksonville Beach Florida
Posts: 186
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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
__________________
"I'm not as green as I am cabbage looking"
woody4249 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to woody4249 For This Useful Post:
gloriousglenn (07-29-2012), mae-ling (08-01-2012)
Old 07-29-2012, 05:47 PM   #8
Member
 
gloriousglenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 35
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


Great! I'm now being outed as a "numbskull", by my own dad, on a DIY forum!!
gloriousglenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
STAFF
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 7,188
Blog Entries: 1
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


Quote:
Originally Posted by gloriousglenn View Post
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.
__________________
New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile.

Jim
BigJim is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to BigJim For This Useful Post:
gloriousglenn (07-29-2012)
Old 07-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: far sw sub chicago
Posts: 3,621
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


Quote:
Originally Posted by gloriousglenn View Post
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.
Fix'n it is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 325
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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.
Thunder Chicken is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Thunder Chicken For This Useful Post:
DangerMouse (07-30-2012)
Old 07-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #12
In a little over my head
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 732
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


1. Bend the base.
2. Add shoe.
3. Put a piece of furniture against the wall.
ratherbefishing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 15
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


Bend it, nail it, shoe mold it, then caulk it if you still have a gap.
Rclancyc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 06:52 AM   #14
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
 
AtlanticWBConst.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 7,556
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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).
AtlanticWBConst. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 10:16 AM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: western Ny
Posts: 1,243
Default

Huge gap under baseboards!


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

danpik is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Carpet over hardwood with existing baseboards denovo Flooring 2 04-23-2012 10:01 AM
Should new baseboards go on top of carpet? hawks81 Flooring 4 08-23-2010 11:25 AM
Masking off baseboards 2 PaintedSurface Painting 1 01-18-2010 04:30 AM
Help removing baseboards without damaging sheetrock Lighthearted Painting 3 04-05-2009 05:52 PM
Please help! HUGE gaps between baseboards and floor jamiewamie Building & Construction 25 12-03-2008 09:58 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.