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Should shoe molding (base show molding) be nailed to the base molding or the flooring

If you are referring to “shoe molding” (AKA “base shoe molding”), is should be nailed to the base, not the flooring:

This allows the floor to move inwards and outwards as the flooring expands and contracts in response to changes in humidity and temperature without buckling the floor or pulling the the shoe and/or base molding away form the wall.


BTW, don't know what profile you selected, but "base shoe" is not the same as "quarter round" - the difference seems subtle in profile, but to my eye the choice makes a surprisingly large difference in the finished appearance:


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