Installing Trim


Old 03-27-05, 09:24 AM
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Installing Trim

I am finishing my basement, should I install the trim and then paint or should I paint the ceilings and walls and then install the trim. Also, does the trim go on before the carpet. I know these sound stupid, but I just want to make sure I do things in the proper order.
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Old 03-27-05, 07:06 PM
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I would install the trim first, then paint it the same time you do the walls.

If the floors were going to be tiled, then the trim goes on afterward.

Also, if you don't have the drywall on yet, it's best to leave a little gap,

maybe 3/8 '', to the basement floor. This helps reduce moisture damage

to the drywall.
Old 03-27-05, 07:13 PM
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If you are going to be stretching the carpet, I would install the trim after the carpet is installed. The stretcher will be "bumping" against the trim and ruining any paint you put on it. You also want the carpet under the trim.
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Actually, I would paint the walls and then add the trim. You could paint or stain the wood trim before nailing it on. If you stain the trim, you would touch up the nail holes with a blend and fill pencil. Then I would add the carpet last so that it can be replaced without having to remove the trim. This is what I plan on doing in our basement remodel. We will also have built-in cabinets that will be installed before the trim and carpet. In the area we are doing vinyl tile, we will tile before adding trim so that we can skip shoe molding.

From the variety of answers here, I would say it certainly isn't a stupid question. There also seem to be more than one right answer.
Old 03-28-05, 10:45 AM
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Look like we all do it different. Have always
Paint the walls and paint the trim
Then install the trim set 3/8" up
Then the rug.This way you can replace it easy later on.It also is better for the rug guy he can just cut and roll it right under the trim
Then just touch up any marks in the paint ,walls , base board and door trim.

And your done

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