INSTALL AN INSULATED
benefit is that they’re portable.
If you want to move the carpet
to another room or another
home, just pull up the squares
and re-install. And, if a square
succumbs to a nasty spill, just
replace that single square rather
than the entire rug.
Unless you’re bound and determined to replace your existing baseboard trim with
a new size or style, there’s no reason to throw out the old woodwork when updating
a floor. When you install the trim, you’re going to invest labor in either new trim carpentry or in repairing the old trim. If you choose to repair the old stuff, you can save
a bundle on materials costs and avoid measuring, cutting and coping new boards.
Here are some tips.
Keep the walls and trim as intact as possible during removal.
Before removing baseboards or quarter-round, always score the
joint with a razor so dried caulk or paint doesn’t cause a rip in the
finish when you pull away the trim. Next, use a putty knife to
open the seam, and then work a pry bar behind the trim piece
all the way down to the sill plate inside the wall. Lever the pry
bar against the 2-by- 4 sill plate and flush with the floor, not
above the plate where the end of the pry bar could pierce the
wallboard at the stud cavity or break the base trim. Pry just
enough to extract the baseboard nails loose from the wall,
and then pound the board back in place to push the nail
heads out. Then, pull all nails, working down the length of
the baseboard. Pay attention to coped joints at the corners,
which can pinch one baseboard behind another. Always remove
the coped baseboard first.
As you remove the base trim, label the back of each piece for reassembly, i.e.
“left wall, 1st piece,” “Rear wall, 2nd piece,” etc., otherwise you’ll have a jigsaw
puzzle to figure out when reinstalling.
Use a quality wood glue to repair any breakage in the wood. I usually squeeze in
a liberal amount of adhesive and wrap the joint tightly with painter’s tape until it
dries. Use a color-matched putty to fill nail holes and repair surface damage. I
chose white putty to match my white painted baseboards. Allow the glue and putty
to completely cure, and then sand the baseboards smooth before repainting and
nailing back in place. Caulk it, and you’re good to go.
RECYCLE YOUR TRIM AND SAVE