Baseboard vs. No baseboard: carpet install


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Old 08-26-06, 08:13 PM
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Question Baseboard vs. No baseboard: carpet install

Hi, lots of great info here, but I got a question.

I took up the carpet and pad from our Family room. Also, because we are changing out the baseboard and casing, I removed them from the room.

Carpet installers are coming Tuesday (the tack strips are still down).

Any reason I cannot wait for the carpet to be installed before putting the new baseboard (painted) in?

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Old 08-26-06, 08:34 PM
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Welcome to the DIY forums Wingman

Not the pro here but go ahead and put your baseboards in.

Here's a previous thread that might help you out that I remembered:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=266812

Quite a long thread but it's nice to read what others think too.
 
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Old 08-26-06, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for the read.

This statement was the only one I saw that there was a mechanical reason to have the baseboard in first.

Carpet layers prefer it that way, because they can space the tack strip the right distance from the baseboard, cut the carpet to size, then stretch it and jam the cut edge of the carpet underneath 1/2" gap under the base which forces the carpet onto the tack strip.
The tack strips are still down from the prior carpet and appear to be in good shape.

I just don't know if I will have time to get the baseboard in before the carpet layers show.
 
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You want the baseboard down. This way the carpet guys tool like cuts and roll it right under the base board.

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From a professional...


Since the tackstrips are down and spaced away from the wall enough that putting the baseboard on afterwards is not going to clamp the carpet on top of the tackstrip, I say lay the carpet and put the baseboards on afterwards.

If there were no tackstrips and the installers were going to install it, that would be different, because without the baseboards, they would place the tackstrip up next to the sheetrock, and when the baseboards are put on, it would clamp the carpet in. Then if there was a misfortunate water leak, you would have to pull off the baseboards to get the carpet up, without cutting it.
 
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Thanks for that correction Perry.
 
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Old 08-31-06, 07:25 AM
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Thank you for everyone's input. Very appreciated.

The carpet was installed without a problem or complaint from the experienced installers. They just stated to not jam the new baseboard down too tight to the floor and took the carpet right under the wallboard.

This is an excellent site. Thanks again to all.
 
 

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