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    Baseboard before or after carpet?

    I'm finally getting around to finishing my downstairs/basement. Drywall is complete and they are painting Monday. Carpet is already ordered, just need to give them a firm date for install.

    So do I wait for carpet to be installed or do I install the baseboard trim first? The concrete floors are somewhat even but are not perfect. Also would you snap a chalk line for level or use a shim off the floor?

    Thanks for your input as this is the first time I've ever ventured into trim work
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    Install your baseboard before having the carpeting done. If you don't they'll carpet right up to your walls and then your baseboard will sit on top of the carpet. If you ever need to take up the carpet, you'd need to remove all the baseboards to do it.

    Back in the day we used a chalk line. Nowadays most guys use a laser level instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I'm finally getting around to finishing my downstairs/basement. Drywall is complete and they are painting Monday. Carpet is already ordered, just need to give them a firm date for install.

    So do I wait for carpet to be installed or do I install the baseboard trim first? The concrete floors are somewhat even but are not perfect. Also would you snap a chalk line for level or use a shim off the floor?

    Thanks for your input as this is the first time I've ever ventured into trim work
    Years ago when I finished my basement, I used construction glue to secure the tack strips to the concrete. Trying to nail them makes a mess of the concrete. I just pulled the nails out of the tack strips before glueing. And yes, install your baseboard first. Use 1/4" to 1/2" shims to keep the baseboard off the floor, depending on the type of padding and carpeting you are having installed. Ask your carpet installer how much room to leave between the baseboard and tack strip. Hopefully LGM will see this post and chime in. He's our resident master finish carpenter.

    Edit: When I said years ago, that was about 25 years ago. The tack strips are still holding very tightly.
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    Before, and spaced 1/2" up, use scraps of sheetrock as spacers.
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    Carpet company will be installing the tack strips. I'll call them Monday and see how much space they need btwn the floor and baseboard
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    Have you tried floor leveller? It's a thin concrete mix that you pour over your floor and it fills in the low spots and levels the floor area. After it dries you can put your hardwood, tile, whatever, on a perfectly level substrate. I've used it on plywood and concrete floors. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourGrandfathersDeere View Post
    Have you tried floor leveller? It's a thin concrete mix that you pour over your floor and it fills in the low spots and levels the floor area. After it dries you can put your hardwood, tile, whatever, on a perfectly level substrate. I've used it on plywood and concrete floors. Good luck.
    It's nothing fancy. Painted "regular" baseboard. The floor is not bad, probably won't notice over the span. If I needed to pour it out onto the floor, I'd need a tanker truck. Two bedrooms, full bath, and a huge living area. Roughly 1800-2000 sq ft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourGrandfathersDeere View Post
    I don't think that it matters does it? I've put trim in after carpet, and had carpet replaced without replacing trim. If it's particularly nice baseboards (oak, or other nice hardwood,) though I'd put the carpet down first so that the baseboards don't get damaged during carpet installation.
    Have you tried floor leveller? It's a thin concrete mix that you pour over your floor and it fills in the low spots and levels the floor area. After it dries you can put your hardwood, tile, whatever, on a perfectly level substrate. I've used it on plywood and concrete floors. Good luck.
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    Agree can be done before or after carpet is installed.

    Either way works , the upstairs carpet I installed after the carper was installed. Glad I did because molding was painted and it would have been all scraped up.

    When carpet was installed downstairs I put the molding down first .. had a few scrapes on molding.


    As Kenny d posted leave molding up a 1/2" off floor. , thinking of one time where 1/2" maybe to much if carpet has no pad, say a low pile kitchen type carpet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    It's nothing fancy. Painted "regular" baseboard. The floor is not bad, probably won't notice over the span. If I needed to pour it out onto the floor, I'd need a tanker truck. Two bedrooms, full bath, and a huge living area. Roughly 1800-2000 sq ft.
    There are gypcrete contractors that will pour it for you. I would definitely throw down extra padding under that carpet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Before, and spaced 1/2" up, use scraps of sheetrock as spacers.

    do this......if you need a followup trim you use whats called a base shoe at the bottom of the baseboard....its like a 1/4 round trim that is taller than its thickness (every lumber yard will know what base shoe is) b
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