end caps needed on baseboard?

Old 11-28-05, 01:24 PM
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end caps needed on baseboard?

Im going to run baseboard ina room from end to end. Do I need end caps ? Or can I run the baseboard right into the wall at each end. It would look a bit more finished that way I think - a bit neater. Are the end caps necessary?
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End caps are largely decorative. It's really tough to assemble baseboard to precisely match your room length so the caps will give some adjustability. I have never seen baseboard without them even when it runs end to end, but it's your house so what the hey...
Old 11-30-05, 12:06 PM
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Are you going to have shutoff/bleeder valves on that radiator?

All of my baseboards have end caps for most likely one reason: To access the shut-off valve at the supply end and the bleeder valve at the other. If you don't have these on that segment because you have a purge station, etc., go for it.
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I guess you can do that. My house has a run of heat that goes through a wall from one room to another, but there's a whole lot about this house that's odd so have no idea if that's code-acceptable or whatever. Only the 3/4" pipe goes right through the wall, not the whole baseboard/fin assembly. Fins stop a few inches shy of either side of the finished wall. However, it has end caps in each room with cut-outs in the wall ends of the end caps to fit around the pipe. Cut-outs are not visible anywhere in the room. The final look is totally acceptable. Just normal end caps that happen to be sitting flush against a wall. Trying to run baseboard itself through a wall is likely more trouble than it's worth and you'd end up with light, air etc. passing through the hole in wall where the damper needs to rotate.

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