Floor or Trim or Doors First


Old 08-18-08, 07:22 PM
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Floor or Trim or Doors First

Still working on finishing the basement, and will be starting installing baseboard trim, manufactured wood-like flooring and several doors. What order should I do this in.

I was thinking of the doors first, then the trim, then the flooring so that I could keep the floor from getting messed up from the trim work. And it would make cutting and painting the trim nice and easy if there was no floor in the way.

However, it seems like it would not be the worst idea to do the floor first so that I can get a good fit and then install trim afterwards right on top of it.

Is there a preferred order, and if so why? Thanks.
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Old 08-19-08, 03:46 AM
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I'd do all the painting I could first and then install the floorng. You can cover the flooring with builder's paper to protect it. That way you can get a tight install with the woodwork....... or install and paint the doors/casing, then the floor and install the baseboard [primed and 1st coat of enamel] after the flooring. If you set the prehungs on top of a scrap piece of flooring, you shouldn't need to under cut the jambs/casing.

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