Before Laying Floor Tile Remove Baseboards For More Professional Results.

Before Laying Floor Tile Remove Baseboards For More Professional Results.

Removing Obstacles Before Laying Floor Tile

Pulling the baseboards off walls before laying floor tilemay seem like an extra chore that can be avoided, but in the long run you’ll be glad you did.

When you remove baseboards and shoe moldings you are giving yourself a 1 to 1 i/2 inch buffer around the perimeter of your room.

This makes for a more professional floor tile installation, because if you should wind up with short crooked or awkward cuts to the ends of your floor tiles, baseboards and shoe moldings will make them disappear when you reinstall them. You can reinstall the same baseboards and shoe moldings later with no measuring or cutting

1 Cut Paint And Caulk

Cut through paint and caulk using a sharp utility knife, along seams where your baseboard meets your wall, the shoe molding and adjoining baseboards.

2 Prying off shoe molding Before Laying Tile

Be sure to wear your heavy duty gloves and goggles.Start at one end of your shoe molding. Press a sharp flat bar between the shoe molding and the baseboard and pry the molding loose. place a shim behind the flat bar so it doesn’t dent the baseboard.

Keep moving down the molding and repeating this motion until the entire shoe molding is loose enough so you can pull it off the wall. Be sure to mark the back of each piece so you will know where they go when you are ready to reinstall them.

3 Pry off Your Baseboard Before Laying Tile

Work your flat bar behind the baseboard and pry it away from the wall. keep moving the bar down the wall while wiggling the board loose. use a shim behind the flat bar to protect the wall.

Do not put too much pressure on the wall unless you feel a stud behind it. once you’ve removed the baseboard mark the back of it as you did with your shoe molding,

Use a tile nibbler to pry all the nails from the backs of the moldings.They should be finished nails, so they should come right out. The tiny heads of these nails have been covered with putty and paint on the front of the boards, which should be unaffected by the removal process.

Put your moldings in a safe place until you are ready to reinstall them. Use either a claw hammer or tile nippers to remove any stray nails from your wall, while being careful not to damage it.

Removing thresholds Before Laying Tile

Thresholds are usually found on the floors across doorways. They are the separator between different flooring materials, or rooms. They can be made of stone, wood, or metal.

You will need to remove them in order to remove your old floor tile installation, and also for laying your new one. This will make your new floor tile installation much simpler.

To take out a marble threshold Insert your demolition bar between it and the tile. Pry it upward. It will crack in the middle, and allow you to pull it out from under the doorstops.

For a wooden threshold simply cut across it with a hand saw or demolition saw, and it should quickly come out with some help from the bar.

Trimming Up Your Door Casings Before Laying Tile

Before Laying Floor Tile Remove Baseboards For More Professional Results.

It is nearly impossible to cut tile where it wraps neatly around door casings, because there’s no baseboard in front of door casings to cover gaps, In order to make your floor tile installation look professional you’ll need to trim the casing up, so when you’re laying floor tile it will go underneath it.

The pro’s have a special tool that makes this part of laying floor tile an easy job, but using a hacksaw can can make this job pretty simple to do as well.

first when the old floor tile installation is removed, lay a piece of scrap subfloor material that you will be adding to your new floor tile installation on the floor next to the casing.

Then use an undercut saw to cut your casing as needed. An undercut saw has a handle that allows you to cut flush against the floor, so you’ll be able to slide your plywood and/or backerboard underneath it.

Use this same method after the subfloor or any leveling compound have been installed, but this time rest your saw on a tile plus a 1/8 piece of cardboard to make up for the thinset.

Dealing With Radiators When Laying Floor Tile

Thank goodness you can tile underneath baseboard radiators. For laying floor tile around electric radiators you can tile around the baseboard cover. Start by removing all of the end caps and face plates from the baseboard radiator. If the pipe has some give to it. Unscrew your baseboard from the wall and set it aside for later when you reattach it over your new floor tile installation.

If the plumbing is too tight to lift 1/2 inch, just bring your new floor tile installation as far under it as you can and replace your face plates and end caps after your floor tile installation is done. You may have to cut the end caps shorter by using a pair of tin snips.

If you have the big old fashioned radiators as I do, it would make your floor tile installation much easier and neater if you could just temporarily remove it, but this would mean bringing in a plumber to disconnect it and then reconnect it after your done laying floor tile.

Instead you can tile around them, by making cuts to tiles as precise as possible around pipe penetrations and the radiator feet. Depending on your results you may want to think about adding a radiator cover to hide the evidence.


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