Whether you are removing, repairing or installing a baseboard, there are some basic tools you need to have on hand to make the job easier, or in some cases, possible! A putty knife and utility knife are the two most important baseboard tools you could have at your disposal and you’ll find them infinitely useful for a range of tasks.
There may come a time when you need to remove your baseboards, either when renovations are in order or if there is some kind of damage done that needs to be repaired. Instead of glossing over the damage, it’s a better idea to replace the damaged section to ensure a longer term result.
First thing to do is get out your baseboard tools. Using a utility knife or a stiff putty knife, you can loosen any paint and then prise the baseboard away from the wall. Next, take a crow bar with a flat edge and very carefully coax the board from the wall.
You can even use a large screwdriver here, what’s important is that you do it gently so that you don’t snap the board or cause any indentations to the material behind it. Use cautious pressure as you make your way along the length of the baseboard. Don’t be in a rush.
Once you come across nails, push the board back a bit in order to see the head of the nails and remove each one with pliers or, if possible, a claw head hammer.
Maybe you just want to freshen up your boards before re-installing them. The baseboard tools you would use here are sanders and a good, clean paintbrush. Place the boards over some saw horses and give them a smooth sanding. For best results, it’s a good idea to bring the surface back to a nice smooth finish for best painting and varnishing results. Allow each coat to dry before adding a fresh one.
Reinstalling baseboards requires a set of techniques for cutting and joining, and thus, a couple of different baseboard tools that will help you achieve a great result. They will also simplify the work considerably for you.
A miter saw will enable you to make a very neat 45º cut on two pieces of baseboard for when you need to butt them together at an outside corner. A coping saw will be of use when you need to follow curved edges from your miter cuts in order to trim the molding’s reverse section, for inside corners.
Naturally, a hammer is an important baseboard tool for reinstallation, but before you go hitting the nails in, it’s best to drill some holes so that the nails don’t split the molding.
Using a drill with appropriate sized bit, make some pilot holes at an angle to ensure that the molding will be affixed tightly to the floor and the baseboard. Once you hammer the nails in, fill in the holes with a wood filler, using your trusty putty knife.
Having the right tools for the job is just as essential for a DIY enthusiast as for a fully qualified tradesman. It can be very frustrating trying to work when you’re trying to improvise with gadgets and implements that aren’t meant for the job.
Assemble all your baseboard tools before you start working so that you can start, and finish, the task without interruptions and with smooth sailing all the way.