Your guide to skirting boards or baseboards in your home.


Baseboard/Skirting board installation 

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Speedy skirting board installation.

The installation technique used will depend on what the purpose of the board is and if access will be required after installation.

There are several skirting board products on the market which offer the space to run cables (power, phone, network, home automation) through the baseboard.

However for most applications, a simple glue and nail appliaction will be ideal. (beware not to place nails near water or electrical lines... as death or repairs can be quite inconvenient!)

Glue can either be a "liquid nails" type product, or urethane adhesive for a more flexible join.

Corners again can be treated in a few different ways. Either

1. Halve the angle of the corner, then cut that angle off each piece of skirting board.

For example:

for a 90 degree corner, cut each skirting at 45 degrees(in the vertical plane)
for a 45 degree corner, cut each skirting at 22.5 degrees(in the vertical plane)

2. For inside corners: Run one piece of baseboard through to the wall, then profile the end of the other piece to match. With this sytem, we usually start with the wall opposite the entry to the room, then profile the adjoining baseboard.

This one is easy on simple profile skirting boards. A thin blade jigsaw or coping saw works well. Simply mark the profile using an offcut or one of those nifty profiling tools.

Note: if you undercut the profile a little, creating a sharp edge on the profiled length, it will embed itself into the other piec of baseboard, creating a no-gap join.

3. Using a soldier as shown  in the picture below. This works for outside or inside corners and even for joins on long runs. Be sure to space the soldiers consistently if using them for joins.