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Old 11-29-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hi everyone... I'm having some work/remodeling done in my house and I'm looking for input/opinions; specifically regarding the installation of some baseboard.

Does anyone know if this base is being installed correctly (aesthetically)? Is there a better way? My contractor is using a "boat builder" to complete the install and although I'm sure he's a great craftsmen I wonder if lacks the experience to resolve these kinds of issues.

Ugly or acceptable?

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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The miters (fit-up) is pitiful but since it all gets painted the gaps could be caulked with painter's caulk and repainted to look okay.

I think the problem is everything except the baseboard. The boat-builder is cutting the baseboard using tools that are in fact cutting square (I hope) but then when they are applied to uneven floors and improvements he is trying to parallel those lines at the expense of his mitered junctures.

The cuts could be adjusted to compensate for other errors but that would require some additional time and skills beyond using factory adjusted tools. In other words...this guy is not a craftsman in this case, he is simply the mechanic.

Boat building requires some common sense also. Find it hard to believe he is a real boat-builder. Must be building Fiberglas boats.

I'll bet those steps are spongy too. That's kind of a bass-ackwards way to build steps.

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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I sure as heck would not get paid for doing a job like that, looks like the word craftsmanship was never in his vocabulary or ability. I was always taught that any job you do you should be proud to place a sign stating it was done by you. NOT in this case.
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Thanks for the feedback

How about the the placement of the baseboard? Is it unusual or does it look funny?

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Damn funny. I don't think I've ever seen baseboard run zigzap up steps like that. It's visually jumbled and confusing. The baseboard should run around the floor only and end where the steps begin, IMHO.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:46 PM   #6
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no it is not call him,her,or it, back to do it right...
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The risers for the treads againt the walls should have been attached to a 2 X 4 between the wall and the stringers so the sheetrock and a one piece skirt board could be installed instead of all that messed up zig zag poop.
I sure hope those are temperary stair treads.
Check this site and hit the picture where it says view and see what it should have looked like.
http://www.stairsupplies.com/eng/pro...rds/skirtboard
He's even left the ends with no cut backs where the wall ends so there's just a square edge.
I would fire someone on the spot if that's what I saw what kind of work he was doing.
He's not a finish guy by any streach of the imagination.

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Yes that is terrible, but I have seen worse.
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Yes except a little sloppy.
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In all fairness to the carpenter this is pretty common for a one or two step situation. Most two step set ups do not have stringers. I think the baseboard is too big. Looks like it is installed too high from the floor. This may show a gap after the carpet is installed. I would suggest that 1x2 boards be glued and screwed at top of riser to allow steps to be upholstered by carpet mechanic.
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In all fairness to the carpenter this is pretty common for a one or two step situation. Most two step set ups do not have stringers. I think the baseboard is too big. Looks like it is installed too high from the floor. This may show a gap after the carpet is installed. I would suggest that 1x2 boards be glued and screwed at top of riser to allow steps to be upholstered by carpet mechanic.
I agree. Needs bull-nose glued and screwed.
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Since when are there no risers in two steps. What's going to hold up the treads?
With treads that wide it's going to need 3 risers.
The base is set up most likly so carpet can be kicked in under it. It should be 1/2 above the subfloor.
I'm not sure what that mess is that's were the riser covers are going. Why is it white?
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Since when are there no risers in two steps. What's going to hold up the treads?
With treads that wide it's going to need 3 risers.
The base is set up most likly so carpet can be kicked in under it. It should be 1/2 above the subfloor.
I'm not sure what that mess is that's were the riser covers are going. Why is it white?
That is some pretty funky framing but I don't think that was the op's question.
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I'm not sure what that mess is that's were the riser covers are going. Why is it white?
Maybe drywall scraps. I have seen that done.
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Drywall scraps to cover real wood stair treads to protect them but why between the stringers?

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