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Old 05-27-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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I’m beginning prep work for my hardwood floor install and I’ve discovered that the space between my subfloor and base molding isn’t large enough to slip the hardwood under the baseboard molding. I’d like to be able to slide my new hardwood floor UNDER my existing baseboard molding. Years ago I watched a flooring guy use a “self modified” circular saw without the guards on to cut the bottoms off from around doorways. Basically, he rested the bolt that held on the blade on the floor and cut away.

I would use my trusty Japanese saw, but there isn’t enough room to push and pull it under the baseboard to cut off that ¼ inch or so and I really didn't want to modify my one and only circular saw.

I'd rather NOT removing the baseboard molding (1x4 plus ogee molding). Does anyone have any ‘safe’ ideas or a solution (short of doing nothing)?
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Either remove the base or leave it and add a shoe molding.

Even if you tried to cut the base in place it would be difficult to get a finish quality cut everywhere and you would likely end up adding another piece of trim there anyway.

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Thought about that, but I'd still like to trim off the baseboard ....
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Rent or buy a Crain jamb saw---these are designed for undercutting---
Harbor Freight makes one also---

Buy extra blades---as to safe---no no no --that is possibly the most deadly dangerous wood cutting tool ever invented.

How much molding? I always pull off the base ---
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Yep ....got about 80 feet of molding to trim. Was trying to save some time (and $$) by not having to remove the molding.

You are correct looks like a long neck jamb saw
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...g=vglnk-c47-20

or a toe kick saw might work too....... http://www.harborfreight.com/3-3-8-e...saw-94626.html

is what I need …….
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Not a good idea. Seriously.
Even after you cut off the bottom of the base, there will be many, many areas where the flooring still won't go under the way you want it to, and also areas where the baseboard will leave too much of a gap showing after the flooring goes in. Either way, you'll be resorting to shoe molding to hide these things. Just go ahead and use it now.
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Either remove the base and reinstall, or use the shoe. Since you will be moving it up, you will be able to hide the paint line. Removing 80' of base carefully should only take a few minutes. The reinstall is probably about an hour. The final results will be noticeably better.
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.... that room sure would look good with a new floor AND new oak baseboard molding.
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.... that room sure would look good with a new floor AND new oak baseboard molding.
But it would also need new oak casing first.
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I dunno, maybe I missed something.
I just do not understand what the real issue is, You are going to do real hardwood install and not remove the baseboard?
Who is doing this hardwood install, lets ask them.
The trim is the least of your issues and is something you put back when the floor is finished.
If you cant run baseboard, I would not want to see your hardwood floor you install.
Really, no harm meant, just a weird question for a floor installer.
Yank the baseboard and do it right!
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The normal way is just pull the baseboard off, lay the floor and put the baseboard back on, either higher or trimming the bottom, it's no big deal they are just nailed in.
The other way, as someone sugegsted, you can nail on a 1/4 round molding I guess.
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Shoe Molding! Why are you-all making this harder than it needs to be ????
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Shoe Molding! Why are you-all making this harder than it needs to be ????
"You all"? I'm pretty sure I wrote post #6.
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Shoe Molding! Why are you-all making this harder than it needs to be ????
My understanding is because the original poster does not want it.

Pull off base and reinstall is the next way to do it
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While I agree that removing the baseboard would be my preference, if one were opposed to this for some reason, an oscillating saw does a nice job of undercutting. If you can locate one of those Makita undercut saws, those work even better. Alternatively, I see specialty offset blades for installation into reciprocating saws intended for this undercutting purpose.

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