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Old 04-19-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Baseboard before Hardwood?


I am getting conflicting information from my various subcons.
Two guys are advising me to install my baseboards first and have the hardwood installer cut to fit (within a 1/16") around the edges. They both (independently) insist that they do
this regularly to eliminate the gap that appears underneath
the baseboards due to the floor being even slightly uneven. They state that the hardwood doesn't need any more expansion area as long as you let it sit in the room for a week before installation.

The references and floor guys insist that the hardwood needs to be in first, with a 1/2" gap, and baseboards set on top. This allows for wood expansion.

Any advice? Direct experience?

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Old 04-20-2006, 02:20 PM   #2
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Baseboard before Hardwood?

Anybody that doesn't think hardwood needs room for expansion is badly mis-informed. Sounds to me like the guys wanting the base installed first are the guys that are installing the base and they don't want to wait to finish the job and be paid.

Then.........there's the question of the rooms being perfectly square...which they aren't.
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:49 PM   #3
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Baseboard before Hardwood?

wood first.

never did it any other way.
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Old 04-23-2006, 04:01 PM   #4
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Baseboard before Hardwood?

Thank you for confirming my beliefs.

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Old 04-24-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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Baseboard before Hardwood?

Would you do the same thing for a laminate floor? I was thinking of putting the base borad first then using the spacers to install the floor. On top of that I was putting quarter round.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:14 PM   #6
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Baseboard before Hardwood?

I detest the look of the 1/4 rd./'shoe' mould although sometimes you got to do it.
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Old 04-25-2006, 07:31 PM   #7
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If you have the choice, put down the baseboards last. Paint them first and make sure the bottom is planned even, not perfectly but just so there are no dried paint drips that would make a gap between the bottom of the baseboard and the top of the laminate.
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:05 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Teetorbilt
I detest the look of the 1/4 rd./'shoe' mould although sometimes you got to do it.
I agree very much, Teetorbilt, and I take it up whenever I can. Besides which, I often thought it was going to look weird as your floor layers get higher and higher and your baseboards get narrower. LOL


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