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Should baseboards be removed before hardwood floor is laid?


Old 07-26-07, 01:45 PM
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Should baseboards be removed before hardwood floor is laid?

We are having our whole kitchen redone. Cabinets have been removed. Vinyl sheet and underlayment has been ripped up and taken away.

In preparation for a 3/4" oak hardwood floor to be laid soon, should the kitchen baseboards be removed?

Does it depend upon the condition of the baseboards or anything else what order the visible baseboards are dealt with? (including painting).

Should old baseboards that will ultimately be hidden behind cabinets be left alone or removed before the floor is laid?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-27-07, 10:21 AM
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I would remove all of them. A 3/4" floor would bury quite a bit of the base, making it look too short and squat. The base behind the cabinets ultimately needs to come off, so it might as well come off now too, or it might be difficult to get off later if it's nailed near the bottom. And you wouldn't want to scratch up the new floor by doing any demo after the floor is in. I could just picture the nails sticking out of a piece of baseboard being yanked across the oak floor- nails down! Usually, you want to protect a new wood floor with kraft paper or similar until it is finished to help keep it clean and dry.
Old 07-28-07, 08:27 AM
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Removal of baseboards

Shoemolding can cover most variations if your careful with your cuts. However, your floor job will be much easier with baseboards removed.
Xsleeper makes an additional important point... you'd be setting the baseboard in place and very hard to remove should any kind of wall work need to be done later. (You can rent a saw that cuts at floor level but that's alot to go through especially in tight places).

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