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Two Ways to Repair and Replace Damaged Baseboard (page 1 of 2)

Learn two ways to fix damaged baseboard molding: how to patch a damaged section and how to repair an outside, mitered corner.

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If a short run of molding is damaged, replace it all; for longer runs replace only the damaged area with a patch. Take a sample of your baseboard to a lumber yard to match it.

Remove Damaged Section of Baseboard

To replace a damaged section of baseboard, pry the damaged section away from the wall. Place wooden shims between the molding and wall, on each side of the damaged area.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark Section to be Cut

Draw pencil guide lines vertically down the baseboard on each side of the damaged area, marking the section that will be cut away.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Down Each Marking

Using a miter box, carefully cut down each guide line, using short, accurate strokes. Cut at the angles shown below.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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