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Lay skirting

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Necessary tools:

Small wooden blocks less than one centimeter thick.
A hammer.
A nail hunt.
A jigsaw or miter saw.
Sanding paper.
One meter.
A level.

The skirting boards installed on the bottom of the walls have many uses:

Cover the game between a floating floor and the wall.
Make a clean finish between a carpet and the walls.
Protect walls from shocks with furniture, chair legs, among others.

Step 1: Attach a plinth to a wall.

To attach a plinth to a wall, several techniques are available to you:

Bonding via a putty-glue.

HandymanDuanche advises you to install by nailing which combines simplicity and economy. Indeed, the use of a glue is expensive and, depending on its solvent, it can be polluting.

The nails used are man-headed nails whose length must be more than twice that of the plinth. Knowing that on average a skirting board is between 10 and 15 mm thick, you will need 25 to 40 mm nails.

The skirting boards are made of wood, so you do not have to drive the nails at random, or you will have to split the wood. You have to take into account the wood grain and therefore plant your points at distances that keep the board fixed and prevent the wood from separating.

For this, your nails should be pressed 5-7cm from the side edges and at the top and bottom of the baseboards about 15mm from the top and bottom edges. On the length of baseboards, nails should be spaced about 30 centimeters apart.

Lay skirting: skirting boards

Lay skirting: nails

Once the baseboard is attached, use a nailer to hide your points in the wood.

Step 2: join two baseboards.

To make a more beautiful effect and hide the maximum junction between two baseboards, cut them at an angle. The advantage of this approach is that it allows baseboards to overlap rather than being put end to end.

To do this, use a miter saw or jigsaw inclined at 45°.

Cut one side of the plinth into a bevel and the other side bevel out to have one side that covers and the other to be covered.

Lay skirting: nails

Position the blade of wood so that it connects as well as possible with the one already in place. Fasten it with nails using the same method. Then sandpaper on the seam so that the connection is as visible as possible.

Lay skirting: nails

Step 3: the angles.

When you reach an angle, you can go straight back to the other wall or make a 45° cut. For simplicity's sake, you can opt without shame for the first solution without damaging the finish (if the profile of the plinth allows it).

Your skirting boards are now laid, you can decorate them according to your taste. Be careful to protect your flooring if you want to paint, varnish or tint your skirting boards.

Video Instruction: How to fit skirting boards part 1: measuring & cutting