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Materials and Tools:
pry bar or claw hammer
razor blade or utility knife
paint or stain
nail gun or hammer and nail set
New carpet and baseboards can change the look of a family room.
Tip: Bring samples from showroom to see how they look at different times of day and how they work with furnishings
With razor or sharp knife, cut seal of paint between baseboard and wall.
With pry bar, gently loosen nails holding old baseboard to wall.
Tip: Pad wall with cardboard, thick cloth, or carpet scraps to protect surface from pry bar.
Use claw hammer to remove nails left in wall.
Tip: To showcase new carpet, choose tall baseboard.
With carpet, you will not need toe molding.
Measure removed baseboards to determine how much new material to buy. Buy 15 percent to 20 percent extra material.
Starting in left-hand corner, measure walls. Sketch map of room, noting measurements, corners and doorways.
Make list of board lengths.
Measure and mark board lengths and angles. Using miter saw, cut new baseboards. Test angles on scrap wood before cutting boards.
Tip: Inside corners should meet on finished side of wood at short face of miter; outside corners meet on finished side of long face of miter.
New carpet will tuck under baseboards; leave gap tall enough to accommodate carpet and pad: gap should be 2/3 the height of tack strip, pad, and carpet.
Do dry run of boards to make sure they fit properly.
Paint or stain boards before you nail them in place.
Starting in left-hand corner, nail boards to wall, using nail gun. Or pre-drill holes and use hammer and nail set.
Fill nail holes with putty, and fill gaps or joints with caulk.
Have professional install new pad and carpet.
Wait a couple of days until caulk is completely dry; then use foam brush to touch up baseboard corners.
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