How to Install Baseboard

Begin the process by determining your longest wall. If you have a piece of baseboard molding that is longer than the actual wall, you can do this first wall with just one baseboard. If you need two pieces for the first wall, join the two pieces with a scarf joint. A scarf joint marries two 45-degree cuts on different boards.  If possible, cut and situate the two boards so that the scarf joint can be secured to the wall at a stud location.

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Vinyl Floor Installation

It all starts with the surface your vinyl floor is on. With the right preparation and adhesive, vinyl floors can be installed over almost any clean, dry surface. If you plan to install it over concrete, check for excess moisture by gluing down a 3 x 3-ft. piece of and taping the edges. Start by removing the base shoe or baseboard molding and the threshold or carpet strips at the doorway.

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How to Cut Miter Joints

Start by cutting your miter moldings a little long so you’ll have material to trim off if the fit is bad. Then hold the miter joint together, making sure the trim pieces are held parallel to the door or window jambs, and check the fit. If you’re lucky, the miter will fit perfectly and you can trim a bit using the same miter saw setting. If the miters have gaps, like the ones in the photo, adjust the miter saw slightly and recut the miters.

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Laying Pre-finish Hardwood Flooring

The first thing you want to do when laying hardwood flooring is calculate the area you want to cover and buy an extra 10 percent for waste. It is good to buy your flooring several days before you start and leave it in the house to acclimate to the ambient temperature and humidity. Also ask your hardwood flooring retailer to recommend the appropriate floor stapler and the right length nails.

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Choosing the Correct Insulation

MUBEC has new compliance codes that went into effect December of 2010.  Consider these when buying correct insulation.The revised codes now state; As of September 28, 2011, a change in law that now requires municipalities of 4,000 or more in population (formerly 2,000) to enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code if they HAD a building code in place by August 2008. As of July 1, 2012, the MUBEC must be enforced in a municipality with a population of 4,000 residents or more that had NOT adopted any building code on or before August 1, 2008.

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Re-doing Hardwood Floors in your Home

Unless you plan on re-doing hardwood floors as a job, random orbital sanders are the best choice for do-it-yourself floor refinishers. They take longer to remove old finishes than drum sanders, but they do not require a lot of experience to use and are less likely to damage your floor. Floor sanding and refinishing generate a large amount of dust and fumes. Stock up on dust masks and earplugs when you begin re-doing hardwood floors, when applying sealers and oil-based polyurethane, wear vapor respirators, neoprene or vinyl gloves, and eye protection with splash guards.

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How to Tape Dry Wall

When you first begin taping dry wall, make your mud’s consistency to your liking.  Setting compounds harden quickly and hardly shrink at all and you can apply your tape coat as soon as they harden. You buy setting compounds in powdered sacks.  Mix with water in a pail to a paste consistency, about the same as regular compound, and press into gaps, especially those wider than about 1/4 in. Work quickly; the water activates a catalyst that causes the compound to harden. Setting times vary.

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