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Gap under baseboards
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:45:18 PM »
1) Our baseboards sit on top of the wood. No quarter round was used and I prefer it that way, but do you know if the installer was suppose to fill that small gap in between the wood and the baseboard with caulking?

2) How about the slight gaps on the side of each step where the wood meets the molding on the side of the stairs (not sure if this too is called a baseboard)? Are they supposed to put caulking there?

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 08:55:30 PM »
when I had my floors put in, they caulked the joints, and the part where it meets the drywall.  I never heard of or seen caulking from baseboard to floor. 

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 09:02:57 PM »
Is your vertical gap all the way around or just in some spots where it's off plumb?

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 09:15:08 PM »
Gap is not vertical; it's horizontal where the wood meets the baseboard.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 09:18:49 PM »
Is the floor uneven?  I ditto what broda posted.. caulk at joints and the top part of the baseboard where it meets the drywall.. it should sit flush on your wood floors.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 09:28:29 PM »
Is the floor uneven?  I ditto what broda posted.. caulk at joints and the top part of the baseboard where it meets the drywall.. it should sit flush on your wood floors.

No, it's not uneven. It's not so much of a gap, but more of a visible line. I was just wondering if caulking was standard for the seam.

How about the stairs where the side of each wooden planks isn't plum with the sidewall/baseboard?

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 09:51:21 PM »
Is the floor uneven?  I ditto what broda posted.. caulk at joints and the top part of the baseboard where it meets the drywall.. it should sit flush on your wood floors.

No, it's not uneven. It's not so much of a gap, but more of a visible line. I was just wondering if caulking was standard for the seam.

How about the stairs where the side of each wooden planks isn't plum with the sidewall/baseboard?

Did you get this done by a contractor or handyman?

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 03:32:30 PM »
The concrete floor isn't always flat and even so here and there you might get little gaps at the bottom between the floor and baseboard and then sometimes you get a gap between the top of the baseboard and the drywall.  Use white caulking to fill in those gaps (you can do it yourself either with a finger or with a smooth edge and then just clean up the excess before it dries). 

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2013, 11:31:36 AM »
The concrete floor isn't always flat and even so here and there you might get little gaps at the bottom between the floor and baseboard and then sometimes you get a gap between the top of the baseboard and the drywall.  Use white caulking to fill in those gaps (you can do it yourself either with a finger or with a smooth edge and then just clean up the excess before it dries).

Is that proper procedure though to put caulking in the seam between the wood flooring and the baseboard? Wondering if I even need to if it's the norm to have the visible seam between baseboard and wood floor when no quarter round is used.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013, 01:45:34 PM »
The concrete floor isn't always flat and even so here and there you might get little gaps at the bottom between the floor and baseboard and then sometimes you get a gap between the top of the baseboard and the drywall.  Use white caulking to fill in those gaps (you can do it yourself either with a finger or with a smooth edge and then just clean up the excess before it dries).

Is that proper procedure though to put caulking in the seam between the wood flooring and the baseboard? Wondering if I even need to if it's the norm to have the visible seam between baseboard and wood floor when no quarter round is used.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 04:16:21 PM »
My contractor caulked the gap when I replaced my baseboards with a taller/slightly thicker baseboard.  His rationale was that it would prevent water/liquid from spilling into the wall/floor if this scenario ever came up.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2013, 09:46:48 AM »
The concrete floor isn't always flat and even so here and there you might get little gaps at the bottom between the floor and baseboard and then sometimes you get a gap between the top of the baseboard and the drywall.  Use white caulking to fill in those gaps (you can do it yourself either with a finger or with a smooth edge and then just clean up the excess before it dries).

Is that proper procedure though to put caulking in the seam between the wood flooring and the baseboard? Wondering if I even need to if it's the norm to have the visible seam between baseboard and wood floor when no quarter round is used.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2013, 12:51:54 PM »
I think it looks just fine

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2013, 02:57:01 PM »
I think it looks just fine
Yeah, it looks fine but if it really bugs you use some white caulking with an edge.

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Re: Gap under baseboards
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2013, 04:20:27 PM »
I think it looks just fine
Yeah, it looks fine but if it really bugs you use some white caulking with an edge.

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