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Old 10-16-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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I am starting a project to install engineered hardwood flooring to a concrete subfloor in formal area and den. My question is, should I remove the existing baseboards from these areas? It seems that it would be difficult and I am afraid I would have to replace them if I do remove them. What are your reccomendations, Will it be easier to remove them aor leave in place and use shoe molding to cover gap. I need help.

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Old 10-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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In my opinion the "right" way to do it is to remove the baseboards and reuse or replace after the flooring is in. Anything else would be taking shortcuts as opposed to doing the job correctly.

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I like to have them removed before the flooring goes in for a few reasons. #1 you need to leave a gap around the perimeter of the room for expansion of the flooring, by removing the flooring this gab can be beneath the baseboards.
#2 if you dont remove it you will need to add 1/4 round to cover the gap between the flooring and the baseboard

#3 your baseboards will look that much shorter if you dont remove it and add to the top of the flooring. This isnt a big deal with 4 or 5" baseboards but if you only have 3" or less and your putting in 3/4" flooring the baseboards look to low.

Just my opinions though.

See I removed all the baseboards on my project.
click here-------> new wood flooring

just make sure u label everything real well and reinstallation will be easier!

good luck
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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My question is, should I remove the existing baseboards from these areas? It seems that it would be difficult and I am afraid I would have to replace them if I do remove them.
Invest in a nice strong flat bar. Be patient and go slowly trying to pull the material loose opposite the direction the nails went in and the baseboard should come off without too much trouble. Loosen the entire length of the baseboard a little at a time---do not try to go sequentially from end to end or you will snap the wood. Once removed, pull the nails through the back side of the baseboards---never try to pound nails out the front because it does too much damage to the surface. Alternatively you can grind them off flush if you have a lot of baseboard or if it is hardwood.
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #5
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oh yeah another tip...run a utility knife along the topside of the moulding to cut the wall paint that is probably adhering to the top of the baseboard. Dont worry if you damage a little of the paint- remember the baseboard will be getting reinstalled a slightly higher and will cover the existing paint line. the baseboard will be the thickness of the flooring higher.
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