Originally Posted by Nestor_Kelebay
So, the answer to your question largely depends on what kind of baseboard you'll be installing. If it has a flat surface for the carpet trimmer to slide along, then you can install it first and either tuck the cut edge of the carpet into the gulley or install a shoe molding to cover the cut edge of the carpet. If your baseboard has a contoured front so that there's no flat surface on it, then (in my humble opinion) you'd be better off to install the carpet first, and then install the baseboard. This would typically be done by dropping a piece of sheet metal down in front of the wall (so the wall trimmer shoe doesn't go under the drywall), slide the wall trimmer on the flat sheet metal to cut the carpet flush with or before the wall, then stretch the carpet (or whatever) to install it, and THEN install your baseboard AFTER the carpet is installed.
Nestor, What a tutorial! Thanks so much and for the pics, too. Helps me visualize things a bit better.
The base is 3-1/4 flat edge. So, based on your info re the trimmer having something flat to run along, we could
put the base down first, and I'm fairly certain the drywall is just shy of the underlayment and ...uh...not exactly w/o waves, etc.
Shoe molding after isn't an option because I personally don't like the look (to each his/her own), and I've seen vacuum cleaners ding the heck out of them. Plus, my wife hates that "gulley" you mentioned - again for vacuuming reasons. It always seems to be a repository for dust and she winds up having to sweep all along the edge and then return w/the vacuum.
I'm leaning towards doing the base afterward. However,
I'm not too crazy about the idea of putting a piece of sheet metal all around the perimeter of each room.
All of which means, I'm still not 100% sure of which way I go. A lot may also depend on what carpet installer I get and what they have to add to the mix.
Much appreciation, again, for your time and the very valuable info.