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Tips for Cutting Baseboard to Make It Fit
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Thursday, July 14, 2011 • Posted July 14, 2011 11:24 AM

Undertaking to remodel a room or section of a house can be a giant undertaking. Each step of the process requires a large amount of attention to detail or the remodel may end up needing to be remodeled. This is the case when cutting baseboards to go along the floor side of the wall. The process may seem to be simple, but in reality there are some important steps that must not be forgotten to ensure the baseboards add detail to a remodel instead of becoming a distraction. Here are a few tips for cutting baseboard to make it fit great.

Equipment: The first thing to do is ensure that the proper equipment is available. A miter saw is important because it will make accurate cuts and it can be set to cut at certain angles. If this type of saw is not available, ask around to see if one can be borrowed or rented. Some other important equipment would be a measuring tape and a pencil. These will help ensure the baseboards are cut to the proper length and angle.

Inside Corners: Once all of the proper equipment has been gathered, the next obstacle will most likely be corners. Because the baseboard is solid wood, it is impossible for the baseboard to bend around a corner. So, to remedy this problem, a few close measurements and a few cuts with the miter saw and the corners will look professionally done. Lay the baseboard in place at the base of the wall so that the end of the baseboard is tight in the inside corner to ensure that the baseboard is the proper length. Then, using the miter saw cut a forty-five degree angle starting from the wall side edge of the baseboard moving back into the baseboard. Do the same thing with the other wall; that helps create the inside corner. Because corners are rarely a perfect ninety degrees, some sanding or adjusting may be needed to ensure a tight fit. The two pieces should wedge together nicely to create a professional looking inside corner.

Outside Corners: Like inside corners, outside corners must be cut into the baseboard in order to make it look like the baseboard is spanning the corner. To do this put the baseboard in place with extra baseboard hanging off the edge of the wall. Mark the corner on the wall side of the baseboard. Then, using a miter saw, cut a forty-five degree angle moving away from both the wall side of the baseboard and the wall of the house. Basically, cut into the excess board that was overhanging the edge of the wall. When starting the cut, it is a good idea to start lightly past the line that was drawn earlier so that there is room for sanding to adjust for imperfect outside corner angles. Do the same with the adjoining wall; adjust the two pieces to fit snug, and then connect the baseboard to the wall.

Placing baseboard can seem like a simple task, but if not careful simple mistakes could cause waste of product and a higher overall cost of the remodel. It is best to work slowly and carefully and pay attention to detail. Make sure to get all of the essential equipment and follow the above tips when fitting baseboards to inside corners or outside corners.

Information for this article was taken from homebuilding

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