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Old 01-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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I just purchased a home and the home has hardwood floors but no casing around any doors and no base moulding. I started to install the casing and realised that the gaps between the hardwood floor and the wall are way way too large ( about an inch ! )

Unfortunately this is throughout the whole house, and I need to figure out a fix. Any suggestions on how to fill these gaps or any ideas what to do other than use large thick casing ( which would look horrible).

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
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You might want to consider a 5/8 baseboard and 1/2 shoe molding or 1/2 baseboard and 3/4 quarter round.

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Are the edges of the boards flush with each other or staggered at the ends?
I might have an idea...

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You might want to consider a 5/8 baseboard and 1/2 shoe molding or 1/2 baseboard and 3/4 quarter round.
How about standard 3/4" baseboard with a 1/2" base shoe?
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@Danger they are flush throughout the house and actually looks real nice. Problem they did was leaving
the gaps just too large at the walls.

Unfortunately I thought of the base show moulding and the problem is my wife hates it

Are there any filler or anything like that out there for this type problem. It has to be somewhat common
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At least the installed hardwood has a gap, a bit large at an 1", but only by a 1/4", better than not having a gap at all, where the floor will buckle in the summer.

Standard baseboard with a shoe moulding, works just fine, make sure you use spacers under the shoe and base to let the floor move under it.

At the doors not sure what you have, just gaps around the jams? you will have to get creative there, but it is possible to make it look nice.
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If it were me, I'd rip down some 3/4" x 1/2" strips from something that closely matches and glue them in place first, then put baseboards on. But I have a table saw and planer, etc. too.... might not be so easy for you.

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honestly Danger that was what I was thinking. what material would u use for the strips ? Only problem I might have is it is inconsistent. some places are an inch wide other 1/2 inch. I will have to measure tomorrow1
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honestly Danger that was what I was thinking. what material would u use for the strips ? Only problem I might have is it is inconsistent. some places are an inch wide other 1/2 inch. I will have to measure tomorrow1
You will require a gap between the flooring and the wall, some manufacturers recommend up to a 3/4" gap between the floor and a immovable object, so be careful about how much material you put in there, you may end up with floors that buckle in the summer.
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I have woods full of hardwood. Oak, walnut, whatever.... I'd just rip whatever sizes I need to keep a gap at the edges but have enough to be under the baseboards. I've been planing and routing my own baseboards and door casements all day today and yesterday. Oak... some fast drying poly and they look real nice!
See it here---> http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/oak-trim-93313/

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If it were me, I'd rip down some 3/4" x 1/2" strips from something that closely matches and glue them in place first, then put baseboards on.
I doubt that's feasible. Even if it were, I think in the end it would look like you did it yourself.

You need base + 3/4" quarter round. Even if you didn't have a wide gap, that is the way wood floors are finished.

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Hey DangerMouse,

I'm getting a kick out of trying to figure out where you are located. (Or is it where you'd like to be?)

You didn't give a clue as to north - south or east or west, However two of the choices are in the middle of an ocean. Only two are on land and one location is no where near 3896 in elevation.

So, what's the prize?

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Hey DangerMouse,

I'm getting a kick out of trying to figure out where you are located. (Or is it where you'd like to be?)

You didn't give a clue as to north - south or east or west, However two of the choices are in the middle of an ocean. Only two are on land and one location is no where near 3896 in elevation.

So, what's the prize?

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Hey DangerMouse,

I'm getting a kick out of trying to figure out where you are located. (Or is it where you'd like to be?)

You didn't give a clue as to north - south or east or west, However two of the choices are in the middle of an ocean. Only two are on land and one location is no where near 3896 in elevation.

So, what's the prize?

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I checked that out and according to my 'puter those coordinates put you 22 miles away from the airport at a direction of 302 degrees. Out in the middle of a small lake or pond.

Does my Google Earth lie or is it because of magnetic north or something?

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