skirting boards fitting

What are skirting boards? How to perform skirting boards fitting your home? Skirting boards are lengths of decoratively shaped timber, used to be fitted to neaten the gap between floor and wall. The plaster does not normally extend down to floor level. In period houses, skirtings can be as high as 600 mm (1 ft) or more and moulded ornately. Today skirting are much plainer and smaller — perhaps only 100 mm (4 inches) in height. Modern skirting are usually fixed by means of cut nails driven through the timber and into timber plugs in the masonry. ln period houses, where the skirting is deep and elaborately moulded, it is more likely to be nailed to wooden grounds fixed to wall plugs. Rarely, the skirting is of two sections; a bottom piece with a tongue located in a groove in the floorboards, and a top piece joined to the bottom also by a tongue and groove.  lf you are fitting skirting boards to just one wall of a room, the problem will be to match it to the rest. This should present no difficulty in recent houses, for skirting with the right profile will be readily available. Older skirting, however, might have to be replaced completely, so that the entire room will look the same. Modern skirting, as sold widely in timber yards would not look out of place in a house built, but it is worth trying to match the period appearance of skirting on buildings earlier than that. Finding matching skirting need not be difficult now that the importance of period fittings is recognized.

skirting boards fittingMany firms specialize in salvaging such fittings from buildings due for demolition, and then offer it for sale. Ask around locally, or look at advertisements in local newspapers to find out if there are any near your home. The other possibility is to buy separate pieces of small section moulding, and join them together to form something that looks like your other skirting. Aim to buy skirting in lengths that will cover the whole wall in one span, because joins in the middle never look as neat. Fit the skirting boards by driving nails through it and into the plugs on the wall. It is worth the effort to position the nails accurately enough to allow you to drive them into the original fixings. All you have to do is cut the skirting board to length, then lay it flat on the floor in front of the wall where it will be fixed. Make pencil marks on its face where the nails should go. Drill clearance holes for these nails so that there is no chance of splitting the timber. This is particularly important if you have bought expensive period skirting board, or are using lengths of thin moldings. Punch the nails home, cover the heads with filler and paint the skirting.  Where a part of a length of skirting board is damaged, it may be possible to insert a patch. To repair damage in the middle of a length of skirting, begin by cutting out the defective portion. Cut at an angle so that the skirting is wider at the front than at the back. One method of cutting is to push wedges behind the damaged section to force it away from the wall. Now set up a small, fine-toothed saw(preferably a dovetail) in front of the skirting, and in a miter box. Saw through the skirting at an angle of 45°. This is difficult, because it requires many short movements with the saw, but it can be done. You may have to finish off with a thin bladed saw, such as a keyhole saw. Skirting boards can easily be fitted, it may just need some work and time to do it.