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jpeterson 08-25-2008 08:09 AM

Quarter round placement / opinions and suggestions
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I have attached two photos, same problem, different side of the hallway. Both of these baseboard trim pieces come up against carpet in our family room. The quarter round trim ends on one side of the door casing on both sides, but obviously, I would like to trim out the unfinished side as well. My question is, how can I accomplish this without it looking as though part of the trim is missing? Would you run quarter round down to the end of the wall, including the carpeted areas? Should I terminate the quarter round at the transition? Opinions? Thanks!

glennjanie 08-25-2008 11:45 AM

Hello JPeterson:
Yes, I would run the quarterround to the transition and make a return on the end of it. The return can be made a couple of ways; cut a 45* angle with the front end long, then cut another very small piece to slip into the space, glue it and nail the longer piece against it to hold; the other way and much simpler is to round down the end of the quarterround with a wood rasp and finish it off with sandpaper.
I'm like you, I don't understand why they did one side of a door and not the other.

jpeterson 08-25-2008 12:24 PM


Thanks for the reply. I thought this looked pretty strange as well. I think I would like to cut my return as you described above. Can you give me a quick diagram or picture of what I am trying to accomplish?

Greatly appreciated.


glennjanie 08-25-2008 04:23 PM

Hey Jeff:
After looking back at the pictures again, I see the previous trim guys have already set a precedent for the return. It appears they simply made a 5* back cut on the ends. It would be best if you go with that and match the rest of the trim.

jpeterson 08-25-2008 07:51 PM

Looks like they measured down from top 1/4 inch and did a 33 degree backcut at that point Seems simple. We'll see how it turns out!

Thanks again.


handyguys 08-26-2008 07:50 AM

JP - A bit more work for you - While you are at it ... you might as well ... since you have your tools out ... whats a few more dollars ... whats a few more hours...

I would replace the trim around the door so its flush with the floor. Looks bad to me.

jpeterson 08-27-2008 09:00 AM

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Yeah... that trim is definitely getting a repair as well. I "shimmed" it in another area with an original piece of the trim, cut to fit the space, then sealed and painted. It is almost impossible to tell that it was not even before. ( Opinion ? )

Also, second opinion time... I cut the quarter round and bumped it up against the transition strip. ( See attached picture. ) It still looks "unfinished" to me. The second picture I have attached is a lenth of QR thats runs into the carpeted area ( disregard the fact that it is running over the transition ). Does anyone add QR to the baseboard trim on carpeted areas, or, will this look bad / incorrect? Opinions?

inspectorD 08-27-2008 05:34 PM

No QR on carpet, it's usually done on hardwood floors and tile. Basically it is a sanitary moulding. And what you have is Ok on the floor to the casing, but I would run it all the way on the floor pieces, to the edges.
Only a professional will know what you have not done up to par, don't worry about the small stuff to much, just make it look nice.:)

jpeterson 08-31-2008 11:10 PM

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Looks like this job turned out pretty good. I have attached some pictures of the final results. I took the advice I receoved here, and, replaced the door casing trim as well to get rid of the gap at the bottom. Thanks for all of your opinions / assistance.

inspectorD 09-01-2008 03:28 PM

Looks just like what I would expect of one of my guy's. Looks good, enjoy.:)

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