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Old 08-08-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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Should I re-use this baseboard, or buy new?


I removed all of the baseboard trim for drywall and flooring work. It all came off pretty easy, with very little damage. I was going to replace it, but I was thinking it might save me time and/or money if I filled the holes, repainted it, then re-installed it, since it's already cut to size. If I do buy new I can borrow a miter saw, so that's not a cost to be factored.

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What is the advantage to replace it? Do you want a different style?

I'm always of fan of not replacing what I don't have to, but that's just me.

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Old 08-08-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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Nope, I like that style.

That's what I was thinking, but I didn't know if saving it would be more work than it's worth. I haven't priced new stuff, so I have no idea what it'd cost.
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I don't think we can answer that, depends on how good you want it to look
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I want it to look perfect :P
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I want it to look perfect :P
That's determined by the effort you put into it, not whether you use old or new materials.....
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Very true!
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I guess I'm in the minority here in that I like to save/salvage what was there in the first place. Joe, that looks like the cheap pressed wood or plastic trim, but I can't really tell from the pics. I would clean it up (remove old caulk, wood filler from nail holes, etc.) and reinstall it. Then recaulk and refill, sand, and repaint. DONE.
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If it were mine I would use what I already have, why replace something with the same thing, check the cost on the new stuff, you might want to use what you have. JMHO
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Thanks guys. I'm going to sort it out, re-check the condition, and try to re-use it.
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Was it nailed on or glued on? when reusing trim, I cut the nails off with a dremel and cut off disc as pounding them back thru does a lot more damage. Cut them of and renail.

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If I had to get nails out of trim, I pulled them out through the back, driving the out the front will damage the trim, like Beepster said.
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They were nailed on. I flipped the trim over, layed it flat on the floor, then used the side of a pair of pliers and leverage against the wood to twist them out. Worked great!
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That's half the fun, isn't it?? :D

I hadn't planned on re-using them, but it won't be difficult. The condo is only 714 sq ft.

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