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The Education Centre: After Installation

Re-fit Skirting

If you are going to keep your existing skirting, you will need to make sure all old adhesive and fixing systems (nails/screws) have been removed and that the back of the skirting is clean and sound. The skirting will now be ready for re-affixing around the perimeter of the room. Be sure to check for pipes and electric wiring before nailing or screwing. It may also be a good idea to repair and re-paint the skirting before it is re-attached to reduce the risk of paint and dust getting on to your new floor.

Fitting New Skirting

There are a number of ways to fix your skirting in place that are quite solid and reliable, but it is the actual joints at the corners that seem to give people problems. You can go with the standard 45⁰ cut to each adjoining piece and then bring the two sides together. This will normally give good results on outside corners, where if needed a little bit of filler can disguise any gaps, but the inside corners may need an easier approach.

If you already have one 45⁰ cut, you can then cut out the shape created by the cut, in other words the whole of the 45⁰ cut from a 90⁰ perspective. You will be left with a template end that will perfectly match the board next to the corner. This way there is no need to cut both boards. This method is very forgiving and can take into account walls that are not completely straight or at 90⁰ in the corner.

Fitting Scotia

Just like skirting, making a 45⁰ cut at all of the corners seems the best method. Where you have angles less or more than 90⁰ at their joint, measure the angle with a protractor first and split the result in two and set your new angle on your saw accordingly. Your scotia can then be glued or pinned in place.

Fitting Door Profiles

This should be done at the start of your project. Measure the width of the doorway directly under where the door sits when closed. Use this measurement and cut your profile. In order to place your profile and leave enough expansion for your new floor, place your newly cut profile in place, upside down and draw a line on your subfloor. You will need to go over this line, towards the centre of the profile, by a 1/4 of an inch or 6mm when installing your flooring. Once you have installed your flooring your profile can be glued in place or clipped into its own locking system.

Cutting Doors to Suit the New Floor Height

This is not always a necessary task as many floors will already have either a carpet and underlay fitted or an existing floor that is being replaced. However in the event that you are having a new floor that is thicker than any previous floor, you will first need to establish the correct height where the floor will sit.

The best way to do this is to get a piece of your floor and, with a pencil laid down flat, run it along the door leaving a pencil line. Pick the two highest points from either side, and draw a new straight line. Remove your door at the frame. Remember to allow for you door profile height plus another millimeter and cut, using a hand or circular saw..