Trim Board: How to Install it in Your Home

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DIY projects can be challenging, especially ones involving home improvement. The costs magnify every mistake; a foul-up during a paint job or floor installation can empty your wallet in record time. Installing wooden trim board can be the worst of the worst. Paint has to be edged around it, baseboard cuts can be difficult, and misalignment means a room can look crooked. There are a few steps you should take to make sure you install baseboard correctly. They are the following:

Gather Materials & Plan Your Approach

A saw, a Miter Clamp Box, measuring tape, glue with glue gun, a hammer, caulk, and nails are what you should have before you do anything else. Buy these supplies if you need to, along with whatever baseboards you fancy. Grab a leveler as well to check your alignment while you set your trim. The last thing you want after committing several hours to your walls is to see a bunch of crooked corners. Try to plan out how many baseboards you need, and how you need to cut them before you start your measurements.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The old carpenter’s adage proves true for trim. Measure and measure doorways and wall lengths again before cutting anything. Mark the trim and the wall with a pencil so you can erase it later. Marking the trim helps to determine where you need to cut, while marking walls will give you a visual aid as to where the baseboard should align and meet one another. The worst thing you could do is try to eye test the length and waste a perfectly good board. Break out the measuring tape and be sure before you commit.

Make Your Cuts

After you measure everything, and have your baseboard ready to cut, use your clamp box and a hand saw to make your cuts. Take your time; this is precision work, and you should set aside several hours to complete it all. Your cut should at least be of second-class quality, as shown here. Set notches where you plan to cut to make it easier and follow through smoothly, so you only cut off the pieces that need to be removed.

Glue & Fix

After you finish your cuts, glue and affix your baseboard to the walls. Gluing the top trim on a door-frame will help you keep the alignment for the connecting baseboard. Use your leveler to help you maintain the alignment up to par. Glue the back of the trim and set it up along the lines you measured out previously. Have some paper towels on the side to wipe off excess glue from the walls and your fingers. Caulk in any spaces between if necessary.

Some boards will be uncooperative; bending and sagging can happen with trim from time to time. If necessary, break out some small nails and a hammer to fix them in place. You can paint over these nails later if you feel that it looks unsightly.

Try to do this job with assistance; holding boards in place, prepping a glue-gun and potentially nailing in pesky baseboards is a lot to multitask. Mistakes are going to happen on a solo job, and maybe injuries too. If you must do it alone, set aside more time to get the results you want.

Double Check For Mistakes, Call it A Day

The last thing you should do after you finish is to double check for any misalignment, sagging trim, or trim that is slipping away from the glue. If you are confident that everything is as it should, then congratulate yourself on a job well done.  You DIY’d your trim like a professional, and probably saved yourself a ton of money doing it.