Then touch up base if need be.
Carpet first or baseboard.
When the carpet is install use a stretcher to get the carpet attached to the tackless.
Baseboards are often installed before flooring since they must be finished in place with either stain or paint and this is much easier without worrying about staining the hardwood tile or carpet.
If you re in one of these situations follow these instructions to install the trim after the carpet.
Ask your carpet installer their preference to begin the discussion.
There may be instances where you want to put the carpet down first.
Baseboards go in first and then your tackless striping stands about 1 2 out from the baseboard.
As noted above some installers prefer that you not use this method because if the carpet should need to be re stretched or replaced for any reason they may need to remove the baseboards first.
1 order more baseboard trim than you need.
Generally the installation of carpet or baseboard is easier for whoever installs first.
Or you may be replacing the baseboards but leaving the carpet.
Baseboard first set on 3 8 wood lath strips tack less set between 3 8 1 2 inch away padding brought up to tack less and carpet installed and stretched over tack less and tucked under base.
Once the carpet and the baseboards are in place you can tuck the edges of the carpet under the baseboard to give the room a finished appearance.
October 24 2012 04 32 48 am there is an interesting technical issue with baseboard on modern construction that i would be willing to bet that most diyers never thought about until the installation starts looking like shit as you re nailing it up.
How to install carpet first.
Baseboards trim and carpet which one comes first.
The carpet will be tucked snugly underneath the baseboards resulting in a very professional looking installation.
Some professionals may have a strong preference but ultimately baseboards can be installed before or after carpet.
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