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Old 07-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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I already have tile floors and i want to change my baseboards to something more elaborate. the tile was installed a few years ago while the baseboards were built with the house 15 years ago. so, the baseboards are actually lower than the tile...in other words the grout butts upto the baseboard. can the baseboards be removed without breaking the tiles?

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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can be done but not very fun i would also try to use thicker trim

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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ya that is not cool! what a lazy flooring guy. its going to take some time and patience to take out that baseboard without messing up the tile and then you'll have to go with a larger base or a base then quarter round.
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I'd use my ossilating tool with a diamond blade to remove the grout before removing the base.
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Joer got it.
Remove grout, carefully, carefully remove base.
Then maybe a baseboard and shoe moulding.
Like 1/4 round but 1/2" by 3/4"
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Or, how about using the osc tool to cut the base flush with the floor, then install new thicker base and shoe?
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Or, how about using the osc tool to cut the base flush with the floor, then install new thicker base and shoe?
Exactly. Cut old base flush with top of tile with sawz all, multi tasker, etc. Yank out old base and place new base down to top of tile level and then quarter round to cover any grout that may have cracked along the base.
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Use a large painters tool to pry the molding out a bit---place the tool on top of a nail--strike with a hammer--and the nail will be removed--

Do this to every nail and the base mold will lift straight up and out of the hole-----------
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Use a large painters tool to pry the molding out a bit---place the tool on top of a nail--strike with a hammer--and the nail will be removed--

Do this to every nail and the base mold will lift straight up and out of the hole-----------
This will work for larger base but a smaller base, say -3 1/4 base would not pivot easily without binding/crunching heavily against the grout.
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This will work for larger base but a smaller base, say -3 1/4 base would not pivot easily without binding/crunching heavily against the grout.

Some grout removal will be needed--however the drywall is usually missing behind the bottom of the trim--so I usually pop the trim loose first---then see if grout need to be removed--

Some times --using the painters tool like a chisel and cleaving the base mold at the floor will also free it up.
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just mike holmes it! just gut the place and redo it
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Some grout removal will be needed--however the drywall is usually missing behind the bottom of the trim--so I usually pop the trim loose first---then see if grout need to be removed--

Some times --using the painters tool like a chisel and cleaving the base mold at the floor will also free it up.

I have nightmares of three level deep flooring and having to remove the base board in old homes where 20 penny finish nails are the norm

Also, I'm a carpenter so not touching the grout and working around it is my first priority to get the job done without calling the tile guy
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I started life as a carpenter---then a tile guy---so I have the tools and experience to deal with both surfaces----

Splitting the base at the point its trapped works for me very often---

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