Jun 23, 2016 4:04 pm
I posted this in the new build section to no response. Does anyone have an opinion / know?
Can I ask is it normal to scribe skirting or is it not done anymore? I know a carpenter who has said that if the skirting isn't scribed at the back as well as mitred at the front then it is poor workmanship and that it will need to be bogged with filler to hide the fact that there is a gaping hole at the back between the skirting and the wall.
I have now become fixated on skirting and have noticed everywhere that older homes (even the place we are currently renting that was built in the 90's) has scribed and mitred skirting. But it seems our builder doesn't agree.
Re: Skirting Board Query2
Jun 23, 2016 6:26 pm
We used to scribe our skirtings to a finished tiled or timber floor but not much to the wall. Maybe at the ends where some plasterers have their external corners a bit too proud but along the bulk of the wall the skirting should not need scribing. The timber frames and then the plaster should be pretty straight. Minor gaps of 1mm or less is the most that you should see along most walls which is easily fixed by no more gaps etc then paint.
Re: Skirting Board Query3
Jun 24, 2016 8:27 am
Thanks for the response Stewie,
Sorry I didn't mean along an entire wall i just meant where the wall is at a corner. The front is mitred to match but the back is just butted up against each other which causes a gap in the actual corner that requires a fair bit of filler.
Re: Skirting Board Query4
Jun 24, 2016 8:39 am
It depends how much the wall is bowed out at the corner as a result of the external corner bead not having been installed far enough back. Sometimes in a rush the plasterers will just tack them on and not have them flush enough with the plasterboard. They will then just build up the gap with more of their base compound. The end result is a wall that curves out at an external corner. If the carpenter then just comes along and nails the skirting to this without scribing it then the skirting will look curved too, unless they wedge it out a few mm to compensate leaving a gap. Once it is filled with a gap sealant and painted though you probably won't notice though to be honest.
Re: Skirting Board Query5
Jun 24, 2016 9:11 am
On my build I used real timber skirtings which I stained and then applied a clear finish. There was no opportunity to fill up large gaps.
I did all the solid plastering and dry walling including flushing. I made sure that I had a good finish at eye level but I was not so careful at ground level. I thought the skirtings would cover my mistakes - Wrong
When I came to install the skirtings they did not always fit flat against the walls near corners (as the corners were bowed).
My solution was to carefully mark along the walls near the corners (which by now were already painted) to show the exact position of the top of the skirting. I then scraped the plaster away below this line until the skirtings sat flat against the walls.
In a few instances where the gap was more than a few millimetres, I also planed a bit off the back of the skirting.
Re: Skirting Board Query6
Jun 24, 2016 11:53 am
thought it might be easier to post a pic of what I'm trying to explain
Re: Skirting Board Query7
Jun 24, 2016 3:01 pm
Ahhh, an internal scribe or a scribe mitre is what you mean. Yes, that is a pretty ordinary join. The skirting on the left should go all the way into the return corner for a start, then the board on the right should be scribed to it making it look like a true mitre. That's how we used to do them anyway and the painters never had to do much filling of any of our joins or mitres at all.
Sad to say the photo above seems to be more the norm these days. A couple of jobs I've seen in the last few years were atrocious - mitres around doorway architraves with 3mm gaps, skirting following the plasterboard that was bowed ( no planing to fit at all ), skirting over finished timber strip flooring that hadn't been scribed to it with 5mm gaps between the two etc etc.
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