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Old 08-03-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Replacing baseboard?


We are having new tile and carpet put in the house and we'd like to replace the 3-1/4" baseboard we currently have.

We are looking something like 5" baseboard. We have about 505 linear feet of baseboard.

Do any of you have recommendations for places to order online or would it be cheapest to purchase locally at a lumber yard?
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:26 PM   #2
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I hardly think it's worth while ordering any lumber on line.
Lowes, Home Depot, any local lumber yards going to have miles of it in stock.
Always best to try and buy it in 16' lengths for the least number of seams.
Learn how to cope your inside corners for a far better fit.
Going to need a good compound miter saw.
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Do you need a laser level to make sure its level on top? Or does it help to have one?
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Go wherever you want. Web, local yard, big box. Just as a comparison, working on an addition at this point and the homeowner sent a set of blueprints to the local lumberyard for a takeoff and estimate. Then compared everything with big box's "contractor services". Local yard won by a LOT. Knowledgable contact (not someone who was selling copiers yesterday), personal service (salesman comes to the site), delivery and pickup for $10 a trip. And the kicker is homeowner goes to building inspector to ask a question about dour ling I joists to frame in a chimney and the injector says "just do what your guy at national lumber tells you to alond it's good with us". So, you pick. Ronl
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Missed the laser level thing initially.....but the answer is no. Unless your floor is like a half inch different over a twelve foot span off so, match the top and no one will ever notice. Laser for the sills if you have it (or water level which takes longer but gives you pretty close to the same degree of accuracy) but no way for the baseboard. Ron
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My local millwork/hardwood supplier has the best selection and better pricing than the Depot---shop around---

As Joe mentioned--long boards---16 foot for base and crown molding--14 foot for casing--

Base molding is spaced off the floor about 3/8" to 1/2" in carpeted areas---

If you will be purchasing a chop saw for this project---look for one with a tall cutting capacity against the fence----My DeWalt can cut 5 inch stock standing up---
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We are having new tile and carpet put in the house and we'd like to replace the 3-1/4" baseboard we currently have.

We are looking something like 5" baseboard. We have about 505 linear feet of baseboard.

Do any of you have recommendations for places to order online or would it be cheapest to purchase locally at a lumber yard?
I find the best price for trim is a trim supplier. There is one in your area you might want to compare prices against home d or Lowe's. http://www.frasermillworks.com/mould...ulding_001.htm

Just a suggestion.
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My local millwork/hardwood supplier has the best selection and better pricing than the Depot---shop around---

As Joe mentioned--long boards---16 foot for base and crown molding--14 foot for casing--

Base molding is spaced off the floor about 3/8" to 1/2" in carpeted areas---

If you will be purchasing a chop saw for this project---look for one with a tall cutting capacity against the fence----My DeWalt can cut 5 inch stock standing up---
If you know who is installing the carpet, ask them if they want the baseboard raised or not. I'm an old timer, I like the base on the floor. Makes it much easier when you use a trimmer, otherwise the installer may have to trim it all by hand. Some installers will charge extra for that, it can be time consuming.
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