Advice sought on the best way of fitting skirting boards ?? plz


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Guest

Advice sought on the best way of fitting skirting boards ?? plz

thanks
 
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BillR

Simon said:
Gripfill, any good DIY/builders merchants, even the bad ones carry it
these days:>)
This is my preferred method also.
However, if you'll ever want to take them off again then countersunk screws.
Also if wall is uneven you may have to use screws anyway.
 
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Guest

What about the cutting around bends, especially none 90 deg walls ??

GB
 
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BillR

aa ka said:
What about the cutting around bends, especially none 90 deg walls ??

GB
Adjustable mitre saw for the external corners.
For internal corners you "scribe" one board so it fits over the other i.e.
you fit one board square into the corner, then its profile is cut with a
jigsaw on the end of the one meeting it so it fits over.
 
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misty

What about the cutting around bends, especially none 90 deg walls ??

GB
what type of skirting is it (hard or softwood) how tall is it
will it be painted?do you mean angles or are the walls curved?
what tools have you got?
and its easier if the floor is level
 
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Guest

what type of skirting is it (hard or softwood) how tall is it
softwood - 6 3/4 inches
will it be painted? yes
do you mean angles or are the walls curved?
they look straight, but he angles are not 90 deg
what tools have you got?
what tools do i need


Another problem is that its an old skirting board thats rotted
(Torus). I can find the shape no probs, but I cannot get 6 3/4 inches
high ??? the closest is from B&Q at 5 1/2 inches. Any ideas ??

I understand how to do internal corners, but the externals still are a
problem. I can sometimes get the 45 (ish) deg angle right, but when
you join them together you get a gap at the top or bottom of the
joint. Which I put down to the floor not being flat
 
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misty

they look straight, but he angles are not 90 deg
in softwood you can fill or use caulking in small gaps
so getting the mitres 100% right is not absolutely neccessary
what tools do i need
for the external mitres a power saw would be nice as most mitre boxes
and nobex type saws wont take a moulding that size
if you have the materials you could always make your own mitre box.

for internal mitres you'll need a jigsaw or a coping saw

plus the usual hammer square handsaw pencil stanley knife tape
measure
Another problem is that its an old skirting board thats rotted
(Torus). I can find the shape no probs, but I cannot get 6 3/4 inches
high ??? the closest is from B&Q at 5 1/2 inches. Any ideas ??
you could buy 2x1 and screw and glue to the bottom of the skirting
if you are matching to the original skirting you may need to have this
timber cut to size
a timber merchant will do this for you (for a small extra charge)
I understand how to do internal corners, but the externals still are a
problem. I can sometimes get the 45 (ish) deg angle right, but when
you join them together you get a gap at the top or bottom of the
joint. Which I put down to the floor not being flat
more likely that the walls you are fixing to are not plumb
or that the mitre cuts are not square
check the cuts with a square-- you want them accurate within a mm or 2
brick walls never seem to be plastered down to floor level and this
makes fixing the skirting a bit awkward as the fixings pull the
skirting off plumb and then the mitre wont work

if this is the problem then use gripfill or similar instead of fixings

hth

misty
 
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BAH

they look straight, but he angles are not 90 deg
what tools do i need


Another problem is that its an old skirting board thats rotted
(Torus). I can find the shape no probs, but I cannot get 6 3/4 inches
high ??? the closest is from B&Q at 5 1/2 inches. Any ideas ??

I understand how to do internal corners, but the externals still are a
problem. I can sometimes get the 45 (ish) deg angle right, but when
you join them together you get a gap at the top or bottom of the
joint. Which I put down to the floor not being flat

Our local builders merchants (Carvers, Wolverhampton) sell a MDF Torus at
170 mm. It's already primed, never warps, looks good. Only problem is you
will have to buy it in about 5 m lengths. 'Just done two bedrooms with it
and I doubt I'll use softwood skirting again! BTW, I watched a few council
carpenters replacing skirting a few weeks ago and they deliberately used new
skirt a little wider (? ie: higher) than that taken off to save time
cleaning up the plaster edge where the previous skirt ended. To balance the
thickness of the plaster, they fixed a batten of suitable thickness, a few
inches up the wall, and screwed through it. As a result they got a nice
tight joint against the plaster and did not have to make good the plaster
that always comes off with the old skirting.
 

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