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01-12-14, 06:26 AM   #1  
Gluing baseboards

I'm redoing a small bathroom, and on one wall there is nothing behind the drywall at the bottom for baseboard nails to sink into. I'm sure there's a stud in there, somewhere, but I haven't found it. The wall is uneven and wavy at the bottom there. I'm thinking about gluing down the baseboard using Loctite Power Grab adhesive. Then I can nail quarter-round to the baseboard. Any thoughts on this?

I know it will be a pain if I need to ever remove the baseboard again but I'm feeling out of options here. I don't have access to the back of the wall to attach a board behind the wall.

Thanks for any help.

 
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01-12-14, 06:36 AM   #2  
What's on the wall? Drywall, plaster?
Got a picture?
There should be a bottom plate where it can be nailed.
Drill a series of holes 1" apart where the base is going, about 4" up off the floor to find the studs, I'd start where the high areas are.

 
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01-12-14, 06:51 AM   #3  
Just take a nail and pound it into the wall every inch or so until you find the studs. If you do this low enough on the wall where the baseboard will cover the holes, then the holes won't matter. Or you could spackle them shut.

 
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01-12-14, 06:54 AM   #4  
I used adhesive to mount the molding to the base in my bathroom remodel. Worked great. Could not be bothered to fill in nail holes. You don't need to put the glue across the whole surface. I just put a few spots every 9" or so.

 
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01-12-14, 06:57 AM   #5  
The wall is drywall. This is a really short run, behind the toilet up to the vanity, around 30 inches. There's a toilet in the way making it hard to access parts of the base. Also, a water supply line somewhere in the wall. The studs are metal - would that have a wood bottom plate?

 
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01-12-14, 07:08 AM   #6  
If the studs are metal, wood backing should have been installed prior to drywall so that things have something solid to nail to. At this point you might as well glue it. Nails don't hold into metal studs alone.

 
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01-12-14, 07:20 AM   #7  
Sadly, this seems to be the story of every renovation here - I find things that should have been done that weren't done. I try to bring it up to standard every time, but some things are impossible to do right without tearing it all down to the studs and joists. Thanks for the help.

 
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01-12-14, 11:05 AM   #8  
That's OK, the last commercial job I did I asked if I needed to be there during framing to ensure blocking was installed. GC said no need and gave me detailed prints showing all blocking to be installed prior to trim need. We had a little talk later about it. Not a stick was installed! I will attend framing next time.

 
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