Jan 26, 2009 9:59 am
Any ideas on ways to cover up the gaps running along the skirting board in the photo?
Obviously the floors were laid for carpet and they didnt care about gaps.
Most of the gaps are less than 1cm, half a dozen are as much as 3-4cm.
All I can think of is putting a thicker skirting there, but I'm sure it will look stoopid. What about adding pieces of floorboard to fill the gaps? What do you think?
It's only on this one wall thankfully.
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Jan 26, 2009 11:10 am
A piece of quad (dowell cut into four quarters) might help.
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Jan 26, 2009 3:28 pm
Quad will look best - it sets of the room nicer use 25mm quad and where needed fill the gap with a piece of wood before you put the quad down.
ps paint the quad before you put it down and use a nail gun makes it easier to do.
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Feb 03, 2009 8:37 am
Why not replace the skirting all together... It's gonna get damaged when the floor sanders come in anyway.... The new skirting can be set down at the floorboard height!
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Feb 15, 2009 10:52 pm
The gaps are horozontal, i.e. the floor board are too short cos they were laid in the 50's for carpet.
We did the floors and we have moved in.... the rest of the reno comes later...
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Feb 16, 2009 9:15 am
Quad is the only way to go for this problem. I am currently doing my whole house after polishing the floorboards. Originally our houses would have had quad but they take it out when they put the carpets in.
I would go to your hardware store and see if you can get a few sample sizes before committing to buying quad for the whole house. As someone said before, paint it before you put it down. Only thing is then you will probably have to paint your skirts as well to match the newly painted quad, so think about that as well.
If you can, measure, cut, paint and lay down your quad for the whole house/area and then go hire the nail gun so you are not constantly going back and forth to hire it for each room.
Once you have painted it, install with a nail gun and then fill the small gap between the quad and the skirt with a good quality gap filler. Then touch up the nail holes.
Have fun with it and dont skip this project as it is one of those small detail things that really sets off your house and your new floorboards.
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Mar 05, 2009 7:58 am
We are not interested in replacing the skirting.
It doesn't fix the problem, which is only on 1 wall of the lounge room, and it would be a waste of money and resources (they are in fine condition).
I'll look up scotia though...thanks
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Mar 06, 2009 3:04 pm
I agree with you and can't see any reason to replace the skirting. All of the old wooden floors had quad to seal the gap between the floor and wall but in your case it looks like they skimped on the floorboards in a couple of places leaving a larger gap which shouldnt be there. I agree with yakchat, try to find some close matching timber and close up the large gaps and then all you need to do is lay quad back down for the rest.
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Mar 18, 2009 4:20 pm
This pic doesnt show it very well, the quad is the stuff at the bottom of the skirting board. Go to your local hardware store and ask them about it. It comes in a range of sizes and can be made from timber or MDF.
Imagine a pie cut into four pieces, one of those pieces is like a side on view of quad. It will fit snugly with one side against the skrting board and one side to the floor. The round part will be on display.
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Mar 18, 2009 7:58 pm
Thanks for the pic.
I did understand what you were speaking about, I just couldnt picture it looking good!
It does look smart though.
We will definitely consider it, thanks.
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Apr 08, 2009 4:00 pm
There is a range of mouldings available that would suit this application have a look at:
http://www.porta.com.au/matrix1.php?cat ... iling_Trim
What i have shown you there is a range of profiles that you acn ad to you exsiting skirting while still keeping with your period style home.
Also see tri-mould, similar to quad but is a small triangle instead:
This is pic from my house around the kicker in the kitchen, its (kdhw) tri-mould:
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