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baseboard height for carpet install?

I am installing new base in prep for new carpet. Should the base be set above the sub floor so the edge of the carpet can be tucked under, or does it just sit on the sub floor?
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I am installing new base in prep for new carpet. Should the base be set above the sub floor so the edge of the carpet can be tucked under, or does it just sit on the sub floor?
You'll need to take into consideration the thickness of pad and carpet but generally speaking a 3/8 of an inch gap up off the floor is typical
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I always use scraps of base if it is about 7/16" thick( not 3/4") that are about 4" long as spacers. I rest the base on those pieces. The carpet layers will nail their tack strip close to your base and use a tool to ram the carpet into that tight space and under the base. The object here is to give the carpet layers that space, but it can't be higher than the thickness of the carpet. Usually, about 7/16" will work.
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I always use scraps of base if it is about 7/16" thick( not 3/4") that are about 4" long as spacers. I rest the base on those pieces. The carpet layers will nail their tack strip close to your base and use a tool to ram the carpet into that tight space and under the base. The object here is to give the carpet layers that space, but it can't be higher than the thickness of the carpet. Usually, about 7/16" will work.
+1... exactly how I do it.

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+1... exactly how I do it.

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+ 2... That's how I would do it. Coming from a carpet installer.

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You might want to be sure of the thickness of the pad and carpet that you are getting before you settle on a final height.

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You might want to be sure of the thickness of the pad and carpet that you are getting before you settle on a final height.

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Carpet pad has nothing to do with it. Using a scrap piece of base will work out fine.

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I have always put the base in last.
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I've installed carpet for the past 15 years.
And installed it with the base up,and with the base down to the floor. Raising the base only makes it easier on the installer.
It all depends on how far you hold the tackless back. Usually finger tip distance will work. JM 2 pennies.

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If Berber carpeting is used go with about 3/8" space. Regular cut pile carpet use a scrap piece of base about 9/16".
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I used about 3/8".

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Been installing for 40 years. Makes no difference whether the base is on the floor or not. 3/8 is about right if you want to raise it. Most installers won't care one way or the other. It is easier to trim with a carpet trimmer if the base is on the floor. It is best if the base is down before the carpet goes in. Putting the base on top of the carpet can cause problems.

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consider base molding size

If you're using smaller base (everything up to 3-1/2") I would raise it to reveal more baseboard profile (which is decorative) if you are about to install bigger base 4" and and up then you can do either way, a professional carpet installer will have no problem with doing great job with or without the gap underneath the base. Good luck !

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You'll need to take into consideration the thickness of pad and carpet but generally speaking a 3/8 of an inch gap up off the floor is typical
I agree, 3/8 is typical but I have done anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2. You have to know what the height of the pad and carpet is. You should tuck it under for sure though.

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Base up or down don't matter. Just makes it easier for the installer.

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Raising the base is helpful to the finish carpenter since it usually does away with any slight variations in the subfloor that may not be apparent. It also allows a bit of fudge room if there is any variation in the width of the base so you can keep the tops aligned. The real advantage is that there are a lot of so so carpet installers and many will try to jam in too much carpet and push inside corners of coped baseboard open. Making things a bit easier for a ham fisted bodger with a hammer and blunt chisel around nice finish work is a good thing.
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Raising the base is helpful to the finish carpenter since it usually does away with any slight variations in the subfloor that may not be apparent. It also allows a bit of fudge room if there is any variation in the width of the base so you can keep the tops aligned. The real advantage is that there are a lot of so so carpet installers and many will try to jam in too much carpet and push inside corners of coped baseboard open. Making things a bit easier for a ham fisted bodger with a hammer and blunt chisel around nice finish work is a good thing.
Those aren't carpet installers those are butchers. Lol

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Those aren't carpet installers those are butchers. Lol
Tell me about it, Dominick! One of my long time companies sent over the owners son for an installation. I checked on him after one bed room painted in a light cream color. I guess he hadn't washed his hands in a month. There was a ring around the room about 2 feet above the baseboard like a bathtub ring and he had whacked the baseboard in a couple of places. Nothing makes me quite as happy as having to touch up paint with new carpet on the floor. He was clueless.
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Tell me about it, Dominick! One of my long time companies sent over the owners son for an installation. I checked on him after one bed room painted in a light cream color. I guess he hadn't washed his hands in a month. There was a ring around the room about 2 feet above the baseboard like a bathtub ring and he had whacked the baseboard in a couple of places. Nothing makes me quite as happy as having to touch up paint with new carpet on the floor. He was clueless.
How did he do that? With hammer or tucking carpet?
How did the walls get dirty. Lol
Sounds like he hacked it in. Did he stretch it or kick it in?

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Used a knee kick stretcher and a hand on the wall. I think he used his hand on the wall to support himself quite a lot. He was rather heavy and sweating a lot. It wasn't a large room but it was a very thick Karastan carpet. I'm glad I took the white doors off for him. Finding good people of all trades has been getting difficult, older guys are retiring and the younger folks aren't paying attention to the details. Usually, I give customers a flooring allowance and let them deal with picking out choices and installation, makes my life a lot easier.
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