Hello again to all the handy people!
Today we’re going to talk about Wall Base, aka Baseboard & Floor Board, and then I’m gonna show you how You Do It!
No Project is complete until the Base is done… It is in every room and in every area, in almost any house and apartment. Yet, in most homes that I’ve been to, and I’ve been to several thousand houses over the coarse of my 20-year career in flooring and general construction, Bases are neglected and left to themselves, like they don’t exist… Well, you can pretend not to notice things all you want, but that won’t change the reality: bad-looking wall-base ruins the whole picture! Every time I see this, I go: really? such a beautiful house with this brand new nice floors we’ve just installed… and you want to do what?.. put back this old, ugly, beat-up base, that was here like a million years ago??? Please!
If you know what you’re doing, and you have decent chop saw and finish nail-gun, baseboard is probably one of the simplest thing to do… That is, if you know what you’re doing! And that’s why you’re here, I get it! Let’s move on.
Solid Wood bases or any other type of Wood Moldings is a whole different story… nothing is caulked or painted, so nothing can be hidden, and so the process is entirely different and more complicated. So choose MDF if you’ve never done Stain-grade Wood before- 10 times easier. In this edition of You Do It! I am working with MDF Wallbase, which is pressed recycled paper, basically, and so it is designed to be caulked and painted.
You can paint your wall-base before installing it, but you’d need to fill nail holes and touch up after you do, though. So instead, I prefer to paint them after putting them on, filling and sanding… Yes, I’d burn dollars on masking tape, but the end result is pitch-perfect, because you can see the touched-up areas, hundreds of them, when the light hits them at a “wrong” angle. When you paint the whole thing at once, it looks SO much better and professional. Fresh water-based paint splashes can be easily removed from Solid Surfaces like hardwood or laminate, with just a damp cloth, so don’t sweat!
Search around town and you might find a local place like Mastercraft we have in Reno Nevada, that sells base and trim for half the price of home improvement chains.
As you will see in my video below, there’s nothing to it at all… just some practice, really, so enjoy and have fun!
Now, let’s quit with this chatter so I can show you how You Do It!
Tools you need: Chop Saw. Tapping block. Rubber Mallet. 18ga Nail gun. Compressor. Caulking gun. Utility knife.
Supplies you need: Base. Nails. Nail Hole Filler. Caulking. Paint + supplies.
P.S. You can substitute a chop saw with a hand saw. You can glue your baseboards and moldings with fast-setting glue, if you prefer, but nailing while pushing them all the way down, is the way to go. You can go completely old-school and use hand-bangers and a good ol hammer, too! You Do It!
This is my favorite finish gun. Did you know you can get a certified refurbished one?
This is my favorite Chop Saw I could do pretty much nothing without, which includes Base!
You’re gonna need Caulking for this job. When I did flooring, I’d buy it by the case.
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