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Old 07-23-2007, 07:53 PM   #1
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We had a laminate floor installed in our basement when it was finished recently. There are noticeable gaps between th base boards and the floor. Fanfold was used as an underlayment so theres a little bounce to the flooe resulting in the gaps I guess. Anyway, the contractor said that he can't install quarter round for two reasons...

First he said he can't nail it into the floor since the floor is obviously cement under the wood. Ok, that makes sense.

Then he said that he can't glue the quarter round to the floor because it won't hold up. I'm not sure why....

If you just glue the bottom of the quarter round to the floor and not the wall, it can still expand.

He wants to use flexible caulk instead which I'm not very happy with.

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We had a laminate floor installed in our basement when it was finished recently. There are noticeable gaps between th base boards and the floor. Fanfold was used as an underlayment so theres a little bounce to the flooe resulting in the gaps I guess. Anyway, the contractor said that he can't install quarter round for two reasons...

First he said he can't nail it into the floor since the floor is obviously cement under the wood. Ok, that makes sense.

Then he said that he can't glue the quarter round to the floor because it won't hold up. I'm not sure why....

If you just glue the bottom of the quarter round to the floor and not the wall, it can still expand.

He wants to use flexible caulk instead which I'm not very happy with.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
Why not just use new baseboard moulding?

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Sounds like it was not installed by someone with any pride in what they do. I cant see how anyone would consder that a "finished" installation of flooring. If the gaps are less then half an inch, you can put on baseboards like suggested above, if the gaps are larger, baseboards first, then quarter round, and the quarter round can be nailed to or glued to the baseboards.
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There is baseboard moulding.

The gap is between the baseboard moulding and the floor.

Is there a reason you can't put quarter round down in this situation?
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Sure why not, you could glue and brad it to the flooring useing the right length of brad or you can brad it into the baseboard. Sounds to me hes just plain lazy and doesent want to spend the extra time. Do not let him caulk it, it will discolor and look terrible.
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Sounds like inexperience to me....

BTW: Quarter round or "Shoe-base" is supposed to be nailed into the Baseboard, not the floor.

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