Baseboards: How to Install Baseboard Molding

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If you've ever been involved in a total room makeover or new construction, you already know that the installation of baseboards is a milestone event. And it's not simply because you can see the end of the project. Baseboard installation transforms expanses of drywall into individual walls and the work deck finally looks like a floor.

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Despite the important role that baseboards play in setting the character of a room, many people overlook them. Baseboards are low on a wall, but they deserve a high level of attention.

Plinth blocks simplify installation
Blocks at the base of a door casing trace their origins to classical architecture. The casing represents a column and the block is like the plinth -- the bottom support element. So it's no surprise that including plinth blocks adds a classic, upscale touch.

Enterprising manufacturers also produce blocks for inside corners that eliminate the need for inside copes and outside miters. But learning to cope is important -- in carpentry and in life itself -- and it's worth the time you'll invest to learn this skill.

Widen your horizons
Many people think there are only two or three baseboard profiles because that's all they see at the home center. If you fall into that group, visit a specialty millwork yard for an eye-opening experience. You may pay a bit more than at the discount store, but it's definitely money well spent to have moldings you really like. After all, if you're happy with your baseboard choice, you probably won't replace it in this lifetime.

Another option is making your own baseboard, either from solid wood or plywood. With a router and tablesaw, making base shoe moldings is more dusty than it is difficult.

It's no obstacle course
Every room presents its own challenges, whether it's a wavy floor or a protruding heat register. But by meeting these challenges, you'll learn how to turn obstacles into opportunities.

When you get right down to it, you'll discover that the installation of baseboard and base shoe can be a satisfying task that gives the other trimwork in the room a firm visual and stylistic foundation.

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