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Old 05-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Install Quarter Round when there is large gap underneath the baseboard?


Hello.

I recently purchased a house and ripped out all the carpets (so I can refinish the hardwood floor underneath).

I noticed is that the gaps underneath the Baseboard for two walls are fairly big. The biggest spots are 1/2 inch to 11/16th of an inch. While the quarter mould would cover it, nailing the mould to the baseboard will be impossible in those areas.

Just wondering what are my options. Should I remove and reattach the baseboards? (Will require redoing all the baseboards in both rooms) nail the quarter into the floor? use glue?

Thanks.

[pictures of the gap underneath the baseboard]: http://imgur.com/a/p68lf

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Use a taller molding.
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I'd use 3/4 X 1/2 shoe moulding instead of 1/4 round.
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And press the 1/4 round or shoe molding against the baseboard and nail it to the floor.
Just be aware, this issue is from a bigger problem and is the foundation sinking.
I would be all over the underside of that house and want to figure out why it is sinking in those areas.
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Hello.

I thought about it, but even with 3/4 inch tall shoe mould, It will barely cover the gap, and I will still not be able to nail the moulding to the baseboard.

Do people typically nail the shoe mould to the floor instead?

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And press the 1/4 round or shoe molding against the baseboard and nail it to the floor.
Just be aware, this issue is from a bigger problem and is the foundation sinking.
I would be all over the underside of that house and want to figure out why it is sinking in those areas.
Thanks, the house inspector didn't mention anything, hopefully it is not a foundation issue, but I will double check (anything specific I should look for, one of the gap is on the second floor).

Although it should be noted those baseboard are really badly done. One of the baseboard for example is slightly higher than the other baseboard at the interior corner, and the other baseboard had been sawed short so a telephony line can be run beneath it.

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I do not mean to scare you by saying it is foundation issues.
If this home is less then 1 year old we want to talk to the builder and his warranty.
If this home is 100 years old, it is doing very well.
More info is needed.
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I do not mean to scare you by saying it is foundation issues.
If this home is less then 1 year old we want to talk to the builder and his warranty.
If this home is 100 years old, it is doing very well.
More info is needed.
Its right in between. it is 50 years old.
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I most often see this with ballon wall constructed homes.
Termites, powder post bettles, settling foundations, oh the joys of an old house.
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I have seen it several times, sometimes is obvious that is wood damage and should be repaired right away.
Other times, is just old age and common settling going on. But I would want to know as soon as I know there is a issue.
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I noticed is that the gaps underneath the Baseboard for two walls are fairly big. The biggest spots are 1/2 inch to 11/16th of an inch. While the quarter mould would cover it, nailing the mould to the baseboard will be impossible in those areas.
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Just rip some backing material to fill the gap under the base where needed and secure that to the bottom plate then nail the quarter round into that.
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Just rip some backing material to fill the gap under the base where needed and secure that to the bottom plate then nail the quarter round into that.
This is what I would do
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Just rip some backing material to fill the gap under the base where needed and secure that to the bottom plate then nail the quarter round into that.
that was going to be my suggestion, I have done that a few times works like a charm
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Thanks everyone for the tips.

I will get those 3/4th of an inch shoe moulds and then nail it to the floor then. Will also see if I can find any thin wood strips that I can stuff into the gaps.

Thanks all.
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I'm a little late, but I can't believe a settling foundation is the cause of the gap. The walls are attached to the foundation. Everything would sink, wouldn't it?

You say you ripped out carpet. My guess is, the existing baseboard was installed (or maybe reinstalled) after the carpet was put in because the baseboard was originally down at the hardwood floor level when the house was built.

You say some of it looks like it was poorly done. If it were me, and I hate doing more work than necessary, I'd just redo all the baseboards. If you're going to go through the work of refinishing those hardwood floors, why top it off with sketchy looking baseboards?
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Thanks everyone for the tips.

I will get those 3/4th of an inch shoe moulds and then nail it to the floor then. Will also see if I can find any thin wood strips that I can stuff into the gaps.

Thanks all.
You should never nail shoe into the floor!!!! You MUST CUT BLOCKS FOR UNDER THE BASE
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