I'm going to replace the casing and base molding in a bedroom. The room has
a plush rug that is in perfect condition. The current base molding is the
usual 1/2" thick builder stuff. The new base going in is 1"by stock.
Has anybody had to replace the molding in a room when the rug stays in
place? Just curious what I should look out for before I start tearing out
the old stuff.
Thanks for your advice.
Your new baseboard will extend out from the wall and partially cover the
tack strip that holds the carpet down. You (or the installer) will have
a hard time when you replace the carpet.
As far as removing the old trim:
* Cut the old caulk seam with a utility knife. This will save your
* Drive a stiff putty knife behind the baseboard next to the door
* Gently pry out far enough to get a slim pry bar behind. (Buy a slim
pry bar designed for trim.)
* Find the next stud, and pry out again. Nails will mainly be driven at
If you don't want to save the old molding, just rip it out any old way
after cutting the caulk seam.
It's not a big deal at all. The carpet is supposed to tuck under the
base molding and since you're molding is a little bit thicker there
won't be any problem.
The OP said the new base will be made from 1x stuff, so it's only 1/4"
thicker. There won't be a problem unless the tack strip was placed
closer than normal to the walls and the OP really mashes down on the
carpet with the new base. Note to OP: don't really mash down on the
carpet with the new base.
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