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helpless handyman 10-03-2007 09:09 AM

Installing baseboard trim
Hi, and Thanks to all. I am looking for tips on installing baseboard trim, got like 400ft to install. Like miter cuts, what cuts to use when a seam has to be done (two pieces being joined together)? Thanks

scorrpio 10-03-2007 11:44 AM

Question #1: will it be painted or stained? If painted, a lot of things can be covered up with caulk.

1. On long walls, where two pieces meet, use a scarf joint. Bevel both pieces so they slightly overlap. The overlap should face away from the most common viewing angle.

2. Never assume corners to be square. There is almost always a mud buildup in corners.

3. Cope inside corners. With a coping saw and a pair of files, it is not as hard as it might seem. A trick I like is to stop the cope cut about 1/8" from top of molding, and make a 1/8" deep miter notch on the piece it is coped to. This prevents an easily breakable thin point on the coped piece. Backbevel the cope slightly to ensure tighter fit.

4. Work around the room, try to avoid copes on both ends of a piece or cope and outside miter. If you need to have some like that, better make the longer ones that way, make them slightly long and spring in place.

5. Miter outsides. A good idea to backbevel the miter for a better closure.

6. For fastening trim that is to be stained, it's hard to beat a 23gauge pinner.

timthetoolman 10-05-2007 01:20 AM

I like to bevel pieces for scarf joints at 22.5. Clicks nicely in most miter saws while your jumping from 0 to 45. Its a good idea not to nail in the last few studs on the piece your working on til you have next piece so you can play with the joint a bit and make it line up nicely.

Whenever running baseboard i like to make little template pieces for outside corners(if you have many) pieces cut at 44, 45, & 46 degrees and label these so when you get to a corner u can just pull em out and find the best angle. I find it saves alotta time.

AtlanticWBConst. 10-05-2007 05:24 AM

Those are all very good tips that we apply on each of our BB installs.

Jeekinz 10-05-2007 09:16 AM

If you dont already have one, a pneumatic trim nailer will make quick work of it, plus there won't be any damage from using a hammer.

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