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Potomac101 02-14-2008 12:18 PM

Baseboard - inside corner
 
I want to install baseboard in my attic. I intend to keep it 3/8" off the floor and do the installation before the carpet guy comes.
My problem is that the molding comes in three pieces - baseboard, shoe molding, and the cap. I'm OK on how to cut the latter two, but the baseboard is just a rectangular piece of wood. For the inside corner do I just butt one piece against the other or do I cut two 45s?
Thanks,
potomac101

redline 02-14-2008 02:13 PM

cut 45's

Bud Cline 02-14-2008 02:29 PM

IF the corners are square - 45's will work, if not butt them. No one will ever know and there won't be a gap.:)

Clutchcargo 02-14-2008 03:17 PM

How about leaving one flat and run it right up against the corner and back cut the adjacent one by a degree or two. That would guarantee no gaps.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-14-2008 06:56 PM

Butt them, it's the same concept as coping corners....

If you 45 them, you will have the likely hood of the corner gapping.

Cut the shoe-base (or base shoe) and the base-cap pieces at 45. Tho, the proper way to do these would be to cope-cut them.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-14-2008 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 97994)
How about leaving one flat and run it right up against the corner and back cut the adjacent one by a degree or two. That would guarantee no gaps.

The back-cut would be visible at the top reveal (even with the base shoe)...

troubleseeker 02-14-2008 08:57 PM

Definately square butt the flat stock and cope inside corners on the basecap.

Why are you putting shoe if the floor will be carpet? The carpet will just tuck directly under the base.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-14-2008 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by troubleseeker (Post 98099)
....Why are you putting shoe if the floor will be carpet? The carpet will just tuck directly under the base.

Good catch....carpet install with base shoe?

Potomac101 02-15-2008 10:37 AM

The attic floor is uneven - on one wall I have 1/2" shims, but there is a dip which causes the space beneath the baseboard to expand to 1". Do I ...
1) leave like that?
2) remove the shims and let the baseboard rest directly on the floor (except for the dips)?
3) split the difference - 1/4" shims with spaces at the dips 3/4"?

Will shoe be needed to disguise some of this?

Thanks,
potomac101

RTRCon 02-15-2008 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Potomac101 (Post 98211)
The attic floor is uneven - on one wall I have 1/2" shims, but there is a dip which causes the space beneath the baseboard to expand to 1". Do I ...
1) leave like that?
2) remove the shims and let the baseboard rest directly on the floor (except for the dips)?
3) split the difference - 1/4" shims with spaces at the dips 3/4"?

Will shoe be needed to disguise some of this?

Thanks,
potomac101

In certain situations I've seen the carpet guys double up the pad in the low spots to help level out the carpet.

mike costello 02-16-2008 08:15 AM

You can double up pad to fill low spots in a room( I wouldnt recommend it)

But up against the baseboard there is tackstrip. The carpet will only be the hieght of the tackstrip no matter how much pad you stack.

I use cedar shakes - I put them down before the tack strip. It makes a bit of a ramp but it does hide gaps under the base pretty well

Potomac101 02-16-2008 10:44 AM

I had someone look at the attic room yesterday. I pointed out the 1" gap under the baseboard, and he said that the pad plus the carpet will cover that - no problem.

Do you all agree? (It had seemed that since there was some disagreement as to go with 3/8" or 1/2", 1" seemed like a lot.)

potomac101


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