How To Install Baseboard Molding

How To Install Baseboard Molding

Baseboard molding lined low on your wall all the way to the floor has a very definitive appearance. It makes the interior of a home stand out compared to walls without it. In all of the the most elegant of homes you’ll usually find baseboard molding somewhere inside. Read on to learn the the steps for baseboard molding installation.

Materials That You Will Need for Baseboard Molding Installation:

This baseboard molding installation looks like it's going smoothly.

  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Carpenters Glue
  • Construction Adhesive
  • 8d, 6d & 4d nails
  • Nail Gun
  • Coping Saw
  • Speed Square
  • Compass
  • Block Pane
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Hammer
  • Baseboard Molding
  • Cap Molding

1. Measure, Cut & Level

This job can be a tricky task if you're not quite sure what you're doing.

  •  When cutting boards that meet the outside corners of the walls, you should measure a few inches more than the wall itself.
  • Number the measured boards on the back of each one so you know where it will need to be lined up and installed.
  • Mark where the studs are in the wall using a stud finder and a pencil.
  • With your level, assure the floor is completely leveled.
  • From the inside corner, holding the first board against the wall, use your level to level the board against the wall and nail in.

2. Saw

  • Using a circular saw, set it for a 2 to 5 degree bevel and cut alongside the scribe line. You want the face of the cut toward the wall.
  • Trim the beveled edge and line with a block plane. When you put back the scribed baseboard the top edge should line up.
  • Once the baseboard is scribed in place you can hammer in two 8d nails on every stud location.
  • Fit one end of the board securely against the inside corner and at the other end as well. Mark the top of the board so you know which direction to miter.
  • Set the miter saw to 45 degrees and cut just outside of the line.
  • With both boards against the wall, make sure the joint is tight. If it is not, then you can use a block plane and trim it to fit tightly.

3. Glue & Nail

  • To be sure that the outside joint keeps tightly, connect the two with carpenters glue and number 10 compressed wood biscuits.
  • Put the carpenters glue over the face of the cut and with the glue stick the two boards together.
  • Align the boards to the wall where you want it and nail in two 8d nails into the wall on each side. In between the nails, nail a 4d nail through the joint and the end grain of the opposite piece.
  • Make a scarf joint and glue the overlap, then nail through the board that covers the joint.
  • When doing the inside corners, butt the baseboard ends together and nail securely to the wall.
  • For the cap molding, put it on the base and make sure it fits tightly against the wall. Nail in with an 8d nail.
  • Fill in any gaps with construction adhesive.
  • Cope the joints where the cap molding meets at the inside corners.
  • Join the outside corners with miters and mark and cut. Glue miter joints together.
  • Sand all corners with sandpaper.
  • Prime and paint and you’re done!

Additional Info for Installing Baseboard Molding:

  • You will probably aim to spend around $2.50-$3.00 per linear foot and then additional costs if you need to rent tools and supplies at approximately $50-$100.

Now that you have learned how to install baseboard molding you will need to prime and paint it as well, and that’s where Home Painters Toronto comes in, they’ll gladly do it for you! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email brian@homepainterstoronto.com!

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