I'm installing some quarter round molding, It is the pre-finished
fabricated kind of material that you buy to match laminate flooring.
My question is, since this molding will not be painted should the
finish nails be countersunk with a nail set and the holes filled?
Seems like they should but I'm not certain about filling nail holes on
molding that won't be painted. What is the correct thing to do?
You can countersink, I guess, and cover the hole with matching filler. Don't
put the nail into the laminate.
I see you didn't take my original suggestion about removing the baseboards
and putting the laminate underneath.
I had already begun laying the flooring when you recommended removing
the baseboards, I just hadn't worked my way up to the door jambs. Next
job the baseboards will be removed. I would be curious to know what
most installers do with regard to existing baseboards.
I either remove the baseboards and reinstall them later, or I apply
quarter-round to hide the expansion gap. Which I do depends on what the
I prefer to do the quarter-round because it's faster. There's also an
good possibility that the baseboard isn't big enough to cover the
required expansion joint.
p.s. I always fill the holes, even on wood-grain quarter-round. I also
caulk the gap between the baseboard and the quarter-round.
Your other responder is correct: nail the quarter-round to the
baseboard, not to the flooring--you don't want it moving in and out
with weather changes.
Could you explain to me what tool they used to undercut existing baseboard?
I can't imagine undercutting 60 plus linear feet of baseboard. Cutting that
far up, usually there's not much meat left on the baseboard.
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but you can\'t make them THINK"
Colored nails, deeply set. They will vanish more than puttied holes
would. If this is above a floating floor, remember to make sure the
nails only go sideways into the baseboard, not down into floor or into
the expansion space. Same place that sells the flooring and trim should
have the matching nails. If you accidentally make visible scars, they
also usually have matching marker pens to color over the oopsies with.
If you use a brad nail gun the brads will be deeply set and nearly
invisible. Use a colored putty if that isn't good enough. No way i
would ever go back to using a hammer and nail set these days, the
nailer is so much better.
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