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Old 10-06-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Im remodeling the boys bedroom and im putting in new carpet. My question is,do i put the baseboard on first or lay the carpet first then go over it with the baseboard? i appreciate any input..................Rick
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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Baseboard first. The carpet is attached to carpet tack strips, then tucked in at the baseboard. Its edges are not covered, just turned down.
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:45 PM   #3
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If you can do it and still keep the baseboards straight and level, a nice gap, a little less than 1/4 under the baseboards REALLY makes the carpet tuck nice. Unfortunately, my floors are too crooked for this, but one of my best friends is a carpet installer and where he did this in his own house, its awesome.
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IF you put the baseboard in after the carpet, the baseboards will have ot be ripped out if you ever change the carpet, that's really the only reason to do it in that order.
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I will face the same delima for my basement... I just don't understand what is the problem of doing carpet first though... say if I lay the carpet nice and easy along the edge using some short of glue... rather than those wood strips with a lot of nails... then put in the baseboard nice and easy a little bit above the carpet... why wouldn't that work... this seems easier to a DIYers with no special equipment required as they don't have... doing it the other way you probably need those special carpeting equipments.... and why would the baseboards need to be ripped off in case of carpet changing...
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Double A and J187 have this covered pretty well.
J187 mentioned the 1/4" gap. You could cut some 1/4" 'shims' or 1/4" spacers to do that part and rest the baseboard on top of them as you install (nail).
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