I've removed some baseboards and door casings and found that most of
them have what looks and feels something like waxed (or perhaps
plastic-impregnated) paper between the wood and the sheetrock (which has
a textured finish, if that makes a difference).
What was the purpose of this, and do I need to install something similar
when I reinstall the baseboards and casings?
That's a head scratcher. Any evidence that the paper was cut in place, like
a thin knife mark where it meets the wall? Only thing I can come up with was
that the trim was finished in place, and they wanted to avoid mucking up the
wall, so they installed it over paper, then trimmed afterward. Or maybe that
they knew the walls would be textured later, and installed the trim wrapped
to protect it from that. Sometimes you have to get inventive to schedule all
the trades in there when you can get them.
As a kid on construction sites many years ago, I do recall some extra-fancy
hardwoods being delivered wrapped in kraft paper, but never saw any of it
installed with the paper still on it.
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