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Old 02-12-2011, 08:39 AM   #16
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wow, I didn't realize this would generate a debate...

I'm going to install the base today after giving it a first coat of paint.
It will be best this way as I can cut my pieces inside the room rather that outside in the 2 ft of snow.

This all brings up the question of scarf joints if I install the base using spacers.
Where the scarf joint ends up at a high point in the floor, I guess I have to miter the scarf slightly to compesate for the angle as the base goes from high to low spots?

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Old 02-12-2011, 09:21 AM   #17
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He's a DiY'er doing one basement reno.

I don't think he's worried about production work here... just sayin'
Just giving him a different option, the finger method. Cause not everyone has a table saw to make 3/8" blocks.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:28 AM   #18
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"This all brings up the question of scarf joints if I install the base using spacers.
Where the scarf joint ends up at a high point in the floor, I guess I have to miter the scarf slightly to compesate for the angle as the base goes from high to low spots?"

Place both lengths on the blocks so you don't have a weirdly pitched joint then nail it off. Cutting compound angles will drive you nuts.
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wow, I didn't realize this would generate a debate...

I'm going to install the base today after giving it a first coat of paint.
It will be best this way as I can cut my pieces inside the room rather that outside in the 2 ft of snow.

This all brings up the question of scarf joints if I install the base using spacers.
Where the scarf joint ends up at a high point in the floor, I guess I have to miter the scarf slightly to compesate for the angle as the base goes from high to low spots?
Using spacers just telegraphs the floor issues to the wall.
Snap a level line on the wall and install to that.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:49 PM   #20
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wow, I didn't realize this would generate a debate...

I'm going to install the base today after giving it a first coat of paint.
It will be best this way as I can cut my pieces inside the room rather that outside in the 2 ft of snow.

This all brings up the question of scarf joints if I install the base using spacers.
Where the scarf joint ends up at a high point in the floor, I guess I have to miter the scarf slightly to compesate for the angle as the base goes from high to low spots?
There's no debate. You always install base before the carpet. Raise it up a little It's that simple. Good Luck.
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I always follow the floor with 1/2" spacers. You fill the nail holes before painting the final face coat before carpet. IF you level line, the carpet will show a gap to the base when the floor dips. The base usually will not bow down enough to look bad, more of a gentle curve, don't force it...

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