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Old 07-03-2009, 02:11 AM   #1
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Quarter round around door casing and transition piece


Hi, I've recently hired someone to lay down some laminate floors. But they had done a horrible job which I am trying to fit myself - can't trust the guy anymore.

My question is what I should do with quarter rounds around door casing. I understand that i should cut 22 1/2 or 45 degree right before the door casing. Is that right? Is there anyway to make the exposed ends less obvious? It looks pretty obtrusive to me.

And what about quarter rounds that go up against a transition piece?

How hard is it to reinstall the quarter rounds?

I am also thinking of painting them white so it blends in more against the existing base boards. So should I remove and paint? Or paint over the quarter round as is?

Any help will be great - I am a newbie when it comes down to this and am just very frustrated with the guy's work overall.


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Old 07-03-2009, 07:23 AM   #2
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What you picture is not quarter round , but door openings are usually not trimmed, if the jambs are undercut correctly. To get the correct cut, use a piece of the floor you are installing and use a thin trim saw to cut the jamb.

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I'm wondering if the trim shown is MDF with a veneer? You would have a difficult time finding a paint that will bond because it looks like the trim is prefinished...veneer. As far as ending the trim instead of the angles cuts which I never liked, you could try endcapping or placing a return on the quarter round.

Personally I'd start over and use a white primed base shoe molding. It looks better against the colonial style base you have. Painted white I think you'll like it better, but maybe you've spent a ton of dough for the other stuff already?


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Thanks for the help so far.

Does it look like it's cove molding that the guy used in the picture?
Do people generally use cove molding as a shoe base?

I am leaning towards pulling them out and repalce with white quarter rounds but am also trying to figure out which one makes more economical sense - to paint or to redo?
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Looks to be some type of cove moulding. Quarter round is cheap and so is paint.
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I'd head to the store and pick up some 1/4 round, it's cheap and looks good. Also pick up a tube of caulking and some paint.

Here is a pic of mine.

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From the pictures I would use white shoe or quarter rounds rather than the colored cove molding you now have or paint it white.
I would place the transition exactly as you have it but cut out the bottom of the cove so that the transition runs under it. Just a small section under the cove where the transition would go , then place the cove or quarter round over that. At the end you would cut the cove or quarter round where it meets the wall, as you did with the other outside cuts. Don't forget that white caulk will hide a lot of those tiny seams so please use that too. I am not a professional but have learned a lot doing my own flooring. Do a search for images related to what you want and see how others have completed it. Sometimes it's just personal preference, nothing else.

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