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Racewin44

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I need to replace all the carpet and trim in my house. I just don't know what I should replace first. I will be doing the trim work myself as well as removal of the carpet. The previous owner didn't tape off before painting and I can't stand how sloppy everything looks.
 

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It can go either way. Typically trim before carpet with the trim installed 1/2" - 3/4" off the floor. Paint the trim before you install it, saves having to tape it off. Then just touch up any nails or scuffs from installation.

The advantage of having the trim is if the installers are using a power stretcher for the carpet the trim will give them a more solid surface to put the end of the power stretcher on than drywall. The carpet installers should power stretch the carpet, especially in larger rooms.
 

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If the trim is in good condition, you can clean it up with Goof-Off or Oops or some similar paint remover. Or you can totally strip it with something like Citrus Strip. (We did this recently on some baseboard that I held onto for years and the wood underneath looks great). It will save you the expense of new trim and it's already cut to fit.
 

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If you are going to remove it, cut the paint between the wall and the molding so you don't rip the paper off the wall.
If you want to re use the molding pull the nails thru the back of the molding with pliers.
 

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