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ohman 10-29-2012 05:47 PM

How to fix this?
Hi there how are you doing?

I just noticed that one of the rooms in our basement has exposed edges (see pictures below):

I don't know if the previous owner removed a carpet or something so that it left the edges like this, but this goes around the whole room.. what's the best way to fix/correct this (not just cosmetically, but also to prevent any potential leaking problems or make it better weather-proof).... Thanks

zakany 10-29-2012 06:46 PM

Does it leak now?

How much work do you want to do and how would you like it to look when you're done? Is that ceramic base molding I see? If so, you could install ceramic quarter round trim or something suitable, either matching or contrasting.

oh'mike 10-29-2012 07:40 PM

Goofy place to add an outlet----

If that's wood trim--simply add some shoe molding---that's what's missing----

joecaption 10-29-2012 07:46 PM

If that wall is leaking now the worst thing you could do is seal that wall up in anyway.
If it does leak you need to find out why and fix that first.

rusty baker 10-29-2012 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1040610)
Goofy place to add an outlet----

If that's wood trim--simply add some shoe molding---that's what's missing----

Looks like cove base with the toe cut off when you enlarge the picture.

DannyT 10-29-2012 09:21 PM

looks like whoever put down the flooring cut the bottom of the base off

so they could roll out the vinyl and cut it to the wall. i would carefully

pry off the existing base and either replace it with new similar base

which is fairly inexpensive and also raise the outlet up about 16 inches before you replace the base molding.

RWCustom 10-29-2012 09:25 PM

The wall base looks like toeless rubber or vinyl cove base. If you aren't wanting to replace the existing cove base with one that has a toe, then you'll want to purchase some pre-primed baseshoe. If your flooring is gapped more than 1/2" from the wall you'll need to use quarter round, which will cover up to 3/4". Once you install the moulding you're ready to prep and paint it in a color that matches the cove base as closely as possible.

ToolSeeker 10-30-2012 08:34 AM

Being in a basement that outlet needs to be addressed, I know it wasn't your question but that thing is very dangerous. It is so low to the floor if you would get any flooding, and it wouldn't have to be much, broken water line, overflow, backup, it could get in that outlet and when you or someone in your family went to see what it was someone could be seriously injured or worse.

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