Install Baseboard Like a Pro

When you plan to install baseboard around your home, there are a few tricks that the professional tradesman know that make there work look fantastic.

The walls and floors in most houses, old and new, are rarely square and flat. Installing baseboard molding the correct way will make it so you don’t see these issues.

Learning how to deal with these imperfections is just a matter of someone showing you the little tricks that will make all the difference in your project.

Outside Corners

Fig.11.Chapt-5-1Outside corners, be of the build up of corner bead and joint compound are rarely a true 90 degrees. Therefore to adjust for this, your molding will need to have a miter cut that is less or more than 45 degrees. Using a protractor to figure the exact angle will be helpful, but using a couple of test pieces and adjusting them to fit before making your full pieces works well.

For outside corners, the short point of the miter is always at the back of the molding, against the wall, and against the miter saw fence—for outside corners, you measure to the short point of the miter and you cut to the short point of the miter.

Inside Corners

Unless your walls are perfectly square, when doing an inside corner, use a coped joint rather than a mitered joint. The coped method will give you a professional looking joint with just a little extra work.

For instructions on how easy it is to do a coped joint, which really makes a nice finished look. Head over to the Next Page.

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