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rfdes 10-14-2012 09:44 AM

Baseboard replacment advice needed (new tile floor area)
Before I met my wife she hired an 'amateur' to tile her dining room and hallway (used to be carpet). Well the ultimate craftsman that he was simply tiled right up to the existing baseboard. Looks horrible but we've lived with it for a number of years. We are now ready to repaint these areas and I would like to come up with a solution to resolve this. My thought was that if we remove all of the baseboard molding, repaint, then install a molding that is thicker at the bottom so as to overlap the tile slightly.

Is this achievable? What other options do I have?
Your advise would be appreciated.
Jim from Florida

funfool 10-14-2012 09:59 AM

you probably could do this, I will assume they left a grout joint between tile and baseboard.
When you remove the baseboard you would break out that joint and need to be redone.
Also, when I nail baseboard, I like to go low to hit the bottom plate, know I am getting solid nailing. Those nails may be below the tile. Be sure to cut the caulking and paint from the baseboard so you do not damage the walls and get it loose and tear it out.
Then regrout all the way to the wall, set the new baseboard on top and see if that is acceptable?
You could also add a piece of 1/4 round or shoe molding to give it a wider foot.
You also could simply add the 1/4 round to existing trim and save the trouble.

joecaption 10-14-2012 10:04 AM

Got a picture?
It's done that way all the time, then shoe or 1/4 rd. covers up the gap.
It's so the tile can later be removed without having to remove the base board.

Fix'n it 10-14-2012 10:05 AM

post a pic

MrSatoV 10-14-2012 02:26 PM

FunFool has it right. And my advice would be to go with the last possibility... use quarter round as is. There's absolutely no point in going through all that trouble - and believe me, if you try to cut any part of FunFool's process (other than just using quarter round), you'll add a lot MORE work to the job. I say believe me because I learned the hard way. ;-P

DannyT 10-14-2012 02:51 PM

new base and shoe is a good idea. grouting tight to the wall is not a good idea. you need room for expansion along the wall. you can caulk the gap or leave it open as the base and shoe will cover it.

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