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How do get correct inside measurements using a tape measure.eg baseboard length between 2 walls, I am usually over length because of the bend in the tape against the wall?
Sal
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On 3/12/2012 8:01 PM, sal wrote:

Make a coupe of 2" long blocks, set them against the wall and measure between them. Add 4.
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Another approach is to measure a distance, say 12", from one wall -- make a light mark, ... and then measure up to that mark from the opposite wall. Add the 12", and you've got your measurement.
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On Monday, March 12, 2012 6:01:33 PM UTC-7, sal wrote:

Most tapes tell you how long the case is so you can but the tape against the wall and add the length of the case. After a try or two you can get a good feel for where to read to. Look on your tape body and see if it says 2" or something like that along one edge.
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On Tue, 13 Mar 2012 07:12:16 -0700 (PDT), William F. Adams ( snipped-for-privacy@aol.com) wrote:

You cut to the nearest quarter of an inch for baseboard? That must look nice.
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Lots of caulking or forty coats of paint!!
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You cut to the nearest quarter of an inch for baseboard? That must look nice.
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I like to cut a stick to exactly 10 or 12 inches long, butt that up against one wall, then measure to the end of the stick from the other wall with the tape. Don't forget to add the length of the stick to your measurement! (DAMHIKT)
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sal wrote:

Aside: If your resulting baseboards are not flush with the floor, check back here. There is a non-obvious way to make them fit tightly.
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On 03/13/2012 06:40 PM, HeyBub wrote:

Don't keep us in the dark! If not caulk or scribe & plane/sand, ?
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On Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:47:23 -0700, Doug Winterburn

The obvious way is to toenail them down with finishing nails (at 45 degrees up from horizontal) into the bottom plate.
2 non-obvious ways would be steaming prior to laying <bseg> (obviously not for the MDF paper baseboard products) or scribing and cutting, planing, or sanding to fit. I wonder what technique he uses.
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Doug Winterburn wrote:

I was thinking of scribing and aggressive sanding/planing. Oh, I know it's clear, cogent, and convincing to the experienced hand, but it was a revelation to me just starting out on home remodeling.
I nearly twitched to death the first time I tried the technique.
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