Laminate floor: baseboards & doortrim

Old 09-05-00, 09:55 PM
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I will be installing a laminate floor in my kitchen, is it better to remove baseboards and reuse them after installed or leave baseboards and use quarter round after installed? If remove baseboards, what is the best way to do, so not to damage walls and baseboard. Also what should be done with the door trim?
Old 09-06-00, 08:30 AM
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Remove baseboards or use shoe molding? It's really a toss-up. Do what you think will look better. Using shoe molding will be less work.

Use a knife to separate the baseboards from the wall (cut the paint or caulk along the top). Then gently pry off the baseboards. They are nailed to the studs. Be careful not to leverage against the drywall, or you'll be in for drywall repair. Some of the nails will pull through, but that's okay. You may break a baseboard or two, so you might want to figure out where to get replacements.

Undercut the door trim. All laminate installation instructions show you how to do it.

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