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Old 02-23-2019, 08:55 PM  
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Why Quarter Round. Why.


I don't know if it's just my personal preference, or if others are lazy or what but... I hate quarter round. I think it's the lazy way to finish the job.
Why not remove and reinstall the existing base molding? I see posts from people all the time showing their work, and the quarter round just bothers the **** out of me. Lol.
I hate it, it looks stupid, I'll never do it unless it's a match up job. End of rant. Feel free to comment

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I don't know if it's just my personal preference, or if others are lazy or what but... I hate quarter round. I think it's the lazy way to finish the job.
Why not remove and reinstall the existing base molding? I see posts from people all the time showing their work, and the quarter round just bothers the **** out of me. Lol.
I hate it, it looks stupid, I'll never do it unless it's a match up job. End of rant. Feel free to comment

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Quarter Round, it's supposed to be "Shoe". Historically used profile with multiple purposes and functions. Probably could make a case it's been used for at least a millennia. All just waiting for you to come along and make your life miserable.

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Quarter Round, it's supposed to be "Shoe". Historically used profile with multiple purposes and functions. Probably could make a case it's been used for at least a millennia. All just waiting for you to come along and make your life miserable.
Lol. No I'm talking. Quarter round. And not in craftsman, victorian, or even mid century homes. I'm talking. Raised ranches, split levels, etc. Especially the people that use floor color matching quarter round (laminate/vinyl). Eww gross.

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I assumed this was a quarter round vs shoe moulding thread.

In my area, with the exception of one house I've been in that's a newer modern house, everything has shoe or quarter round (at least 95% shoe)
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I'm with you. I hate seeing quarter round used as base shoe.


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I don't know if it's just my personal preference, or if others are lazy or what but... I hate quarter round. I think it's the lazy way to finish the job.
Why not remove and reinstall the existing base molding? I see posts from people all the time showing their work, and the quarter round just bothers the **** out of me. Lol.
I hate it, it looks stupid, I'll never do it unless it's a match up job. End of rant. Feel free to comment

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I hate it, too, but don't understand the lazy part (vs. new shoe). Isn't it the same work...or is this prefinished stuff?
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What is quarter round even for?
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What is quarter round even for?
Making a circle with 4 of them????

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What is quarter round even for?
Seriously, right.....because if there are any big gaps, just install the shoe backside down.
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Lol. No I'm talking. Quarter round. And not in craftsman, victorian, or even mid century homes. I'm talking. Raised ranches, split levels, etc. Especially the people that use floor color matching quarter round (laminate/vinyl). Eww gross.

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Most of those homes, are running 3/8" thick base. Have you read the install instructions for the amount of expansion needed for solid hardwood? How do you get 1/2" expansion using thin base boards & still cover the crack?

I hate installing base shoe, but truth be known, I make pretty durn good money installing it. $1.60/lineal ft installed. I can run through some shoe molding in short order. Most of my shoe installs are around 300 lineal ft & I'm usually done in under 2 hours. You do the math & you might not hate it near as much.
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They started using door stop for shoe around here.
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What is quarter round even for?
Cover cracked drywall corners in a crappy house.
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Because many customers want it.


Just like in the UK, they put flat metal in every doorway with carpet, because the customer wants it.
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Most of those homes, are running 3/8" thick base. Have you read the install instructions for the amount of expansion needed for solid hardwood? How do you get 1/2" expansion using thin base boards & still cover the crack?

I hate installing base shoe, but truth be known, I make pretty durn good money installing it. $1.60/lineal ft installed. I can run through some shoe molding in short order. Most of my shoe installs are around 300 lineal ft & I'm usually done in under 2 hours. You do the math & you might not hate it near as much.
I don't like the looks of shoe either, the instructions on hardwood I'm going to lay states 3/4" expansion gap and shoe is super quick to install.
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So much cleaner. IMO

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I can pull flooring from under base without damaging the base as long as the same thickness is going back.

On another note, It's more expensive to pull all the base paint it and reinstall. It's a customers decision.


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So much cleaner. IMO

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Yes it is but what do I do with a specified 3/4" expansion gap? I always pull the base on every flooring job.
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In my area you rarely see quarter round used with hardwood. Everything is cut tight to the base, or base is installed on top. 2 1/4" oak (most commonly used) just doesn't move that much.

Now I did do a water damage job where a recessed room's floor was underwater for about 6 weeks (owner was away when pipes burst). It blew out the exterior wall almost 1".

I have another customer who has flooded twice due to high tides. Both times all he needed was a sand and finish, I actually thought it was Pergo when I first walked in.

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