Vertical gap between wooden floor and baseboard trim…how do I make fix that gap?


Baseboard molding is typically trimmed out against a wood or tile floor using a small molding called a base shoe. Example in the picture below. Due to minor variations in floor height or flooring material thickness over relatively short distances it is not usually feasible to get the wider baseboard molding to push nicely to the floor covering material. The base shoe, being a narrow molding, can flex over distances of a foot or two and fit down snug to the floor.

Note that when installing the base shoe molding it is nailed into the baseboard and not into the floor. This permits the natural expansion and contraction of the flooring to let it slide in and out from under the base board and base shoe moldings. You would not really want to try sealing the gap under the baseboard down to the flooring material due to the fact that flooring does this expansion and contraction thing.

If you already have the base shoe molding in place the then correct fix is to remove it and...

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floor plinth serves not only to seal the gap between the floor and the wall, but also has aesthetic functions, because with him finishing the floor looks neat, and work - fully completed.In addition, the modern look of this building material has specific channels for electrical wires, which can be easily hide under it, and, if necessary, to have access to them.Currently, most often for decoration use wood or plastic moldings.Wood used for parquet floors and plastic - for all others.There are laminated MDF, which can be used in a variety of cases.

What can be said about the wooden plinth ?!They look undeniably beautiful and more expensive than plastic.However, taking into account the curvature of the walls, floors and corners in our homes, fixing such details to the wall permanently associated with the emergence of various kinds of problems.Home - an impossibility even and tight fit plinth and education gaps between it and the floor or wall.In this case, there is a constant...

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enricovids: I like this idea and will give it a try. The only issue is that on my flooring, I removed carpet and padding and installed laminate. I left the baseboard. The baseboard is high enough that the flooring can just go under the baseboard, but I still left some gap since you can't slide flooring under on both ends. Anyways, this means there is a vertical gap between the baseboard and floor too. Hopefully there is enough surface area between the quarter round and baseboard for it to grab on. Worst case, if it doesnt seem like it is holding well, it will already be in place and precut where I can rent a nail gun for a very short time and quickly nail them.

James Clifton: What kind of caulking was used and how long did you let it sit?

Trent Steele: i was just about to try gorilla glue glad i saw this

cucumber202: I love you joe ... you make a lot of sense. people who start nailing things down permanently make a big mess later on for the other person to repair....

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Floor trim, or baseboard molding, is the decorative piece of wood that runs along the base of the walls in your home. These boards, though primarily decorative, serve an important function as well. The baseboard molding hides gaps that can be left between the drywall and floor, and between the flooring and the wall. Rather than an unfinished corner, you can only see the clean molding. If you need to replace your floor trim, whether for installation of new flooring or just to change the look of your room, don’t spend money on a contractor. With a bit of time and the right tools, you can accomplish this task.

Remove Existing Molding

Run the blade of your utility knife along the top of the existing molding. This will cut through the layers of paint to allow the baseboards to come off cleanly.

Align the small edge of your pry bar with the top left side of the smallest piece of molding in the room. Gently tap with your hammer to work the pry bar behind the...

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Call me weird, but I


the look of quarter-round.

To me it adds interest to some plain baseboards.

I agree, but it also depends on the design style of the home. The OP said "minimalist" and quarter-round might ruin that look. There are other choices though, and I think the minimalist or contemporary look can be maintained with the use of an alternative to standard quarter-round.


Yeah, my home is a so called "West Coast Contemporary" (circa 1978ish), and many of the carpeted rooms have no baseboard at all, and some are very minimalist too, so I understand. The cynic in me believes on my home it was built this way mainly to save money though.


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By Bruce W. Maki, Editor


While remodeling a room in the second floor of my 1960's one-and-a-half story house, I decided to replace the original plain and narrow baseboard with a wider traditional base board.

Since my pencil line did actually intersect the bottom edge of the baseboard (about 6 inches from the end), I could cut along the line. If the pencil line stayed above the bottom of the board, I could either switch to a skinnier pencil or just cut slightly below the line.

However, while cutting this MDF baseboard, the jig saw blade chipped the edge of the trim next to the cut. This problem usually doesn't happen when cutting trim made of regular wood. This "tear-out" could be prevented by cutting from the back side, but that requires transferring the cut line, which is not simple unless the line is straight. Tear-out could also be avoided while cutting from the front but using a jig saw blade that cuts on the down-stroke, but using those...

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These are the basic elements that make up interior trim.

What’s casing? Where does an apron go? Why would we want to install a base shoe? In addition to the question of style, these and more are the questions we all come across when thinking about how we’ll be trimming out the interior of our new home. So here’s a glossary -- keyed to the illustration above -- explaining what the most common trim parts are and where each is installed.

Generally, casing is the vertical and horizontal trim that wraps door and window openings and is typically made up of three pieces; the jambs, head, and apron. When we speak of casing an opening we are talking about installing the final trim pieces around that opening. Casings come in many styles, profiles and sizes. Sometimes a window opening is picture framed which is when the same casing profile is installed at the head, jambs and apron. On the other hand, the illustration shows a distinct difference between these pieces,...

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Wooden floors are beautiful and easy to take care of, but they also hold an unsightly feature. Since they are made of wood, they experience the same contracting and expanding of all wooden items. Over time, a floor made of wood panels will undergo some movement; this will create gaps in the floor. Air temperature and moisture levels in your apartment are also key components to gap creation. Make sure the air is not too dry and the floor moisture level is not too high when you are installing your boards. Without proper precaution, gaps of up to a 1/4 inch may develop in the ground.

How can you fix these gaps in wood floors?

The word "fix" may not exactly apply to the gaps in your floor. Truly large gaps should be dealt with by a professional, but home remedies can help fix smaller gaps in wood flooring.

The first approach to fix any gaps in your wooden floors should be to attack moisture levels. Your tool in this case will be a humidifier. The gaps are...

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(with Gene Wengert, The Wood Doctor.)

In this article, we’ll explain the importance of understanding wood movement, how to use a moisture meter to measure the moisture content (MC) of trim, how to decide when a load of trim should be rejected, and how to accurately estimate how much trim will move after it’s installed.

Most finish carpenters are aware that seasonal changes in humidity cause trim and flooring to shrink in the winter and expand in the summer. But few realize that the expected movement can be accurately predicted and potential problems avoided. It’s our premise that with a moisture meter and an understanding of wood movement, most wood movement problems can be avoided. Plus, with this data, finish carpenters can accurately predict how trim and flooring will behave after it’s installed.

Wood Movement — You Can’t Stop It

Wood is hygroscopic, which means its MC will fluctuate based on the relative humidity (RH) of the...

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