Installer suggests baseboards be installed prior to carpet. Is this simply so he doesn't kick a hole in the new drywall?
I thought by installing baseboards last I could eliminate the hump of the tack strip. Also daughter could move in much sooner.
Advice, pro and con.
On Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:22:31 -0700 (PDT), Ivan Vegvary
I went through this five or six years ago. Like you, I thought it
would be smart to do the baseboard after the carpet. The installer
insisted the carpet be installed last. It's harder to get the
baseboard straight after the carpet is laid.
How much to raise it depends on thickness of finished surface so you end
up w/ the proper exposed width. With the advent of narrower base than
what generally used to be, can end up w/ a too-narrow-appearing
baseboard when finished if not aware of the finished level.
As another says, however, be sure to run a line or at least check on how
out of flat the subfloor actually is (another ndamhiktnftdt<*> :) ).
<*> no, don't ask me how i know to not forget to do that!
You don't want the baseboard level, you want it parallel to the floor.
The two are not necessarily the same thing.
Because it tends to float on top of the carpet. It's much easier to
mount flat (or with appropriate shim) to the subfloor without the
carpet in the way. The installer can cut up to the baseboard or tuck
it under, depending.
Do you propose to remove the baseboard every time the carpet is
If you do the carpet last, and it ever needs restretched, good luck!
There's a new power stretching tool on the market, my installer used it on
mine last year. It doesn't go from wall to wall (possibly marring up the
baseboard), can only be used if you have a wood subfloor. Anyways, pretty
There shouldn't be any hump at the tack strip, unless someone is putting
the tack strip on top of the pad!
Baseboard first. This is to make it better for the painter whether it
is paint or stain and lacquer. The carpenter has a much better chance
of fitting joints and keep the trim running in a straight line. The
trim is usually set up on 3/4 blocks for a tall nap, 1/2 for commercial
weave, to allow for tack strip and carpet.
The answer depends on what you mean by "baseboard".
Where you have a separate baseboard and shoe molding, then you would
install the baseboards, then the carpet and then the shoe molding (if
you choose to install shoe moldings).
The reason for that is because when you install carpet, you use a tool
called a "wall trimmer" to cut the carpet about 1/2 an inch before the
baseboard, depending on the size of the carpet, and then stretch the
carpet the rest of the way to the baseboard. The wall trimmer needs to
slide along a straight and preferably vertical surface, and often the
bottom of the drywall will be an inch or so off the floor, and that can
cause problems with the wall trimmer.
However the reason builders will typically install single piece
baseboard first is that the wood trim (like baseboards and door casings
and such) are generally the last thing to be done when building a house.
So, in the interest of saving time and money, the builder is going to
want his finish carpenters to put the baseboards in before they leave
the job site. That's cuz if he calls the finish carpenters to come back
to install the baseboards AFTER the carpet is installed, then he has to
have the carpet cleaned cuz of all the sawdust tracked all over it.
But, really the bottom line is that if you have a smooth vertical
surface along which you can slide your wall trimmer, you can slide it
along a baseboard just as easily as sliding it along the drywall, so it
really doesn't matter.
When I install carpets in my building, I stretch the carpet up to the
baseboard and then install the shoe molding to cover the cut edge of the
The real reason is that the baseboard is part of the wall and it is
used to finish of the wall. Carpet,if even installed, is merely
decoration, not a part of the structure. Carpet can be changed at any
time without interfering with the wall trim.Not every house will have
carpets so the wall trim is done in proper fashion when the wall is
built. If the owner decides to use no carpet or area rug, the trim is
properly in place, as it should be.
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