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post #1 of 10 Old 05-20-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Baseboard Trim and Baseboard Heat

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I am trying replace the baseboards in a room and there is a corner where the baseboard trim meets the baseboard heat. Right now the trim just ends somewhere in front of the heat and there's a gap showing the bottom of the drywall. I am wondering if anyone has any elegant idea on how to end the trim so that it would minimize the gap? The new baseboard is about 4 inches tall so it would go beyond the flat part of the heat at the bottom.

Any idea is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-20-2013, 08:54 PM
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I think that the front of the rad and the flap on the end should be able to be moved a bit to the left so your molding would go behind the rad.
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I think that the front of the rad and the flap on the end should be able to be moved a bit to the left so your molding would go behind the rad.
Thanks. I could push the cover to the left, but the water pipe goes into the wall where the baseboard trim goes. So if I push the cover to the left by 9/16", then I see the pipe and the drywall cutout for the pipe.

Sorry.... I know I am picky.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-21-2013, 05:51 AM
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Would it be possible to make a cut out in the end of your trim the same size or a bit larger than the pipe and slide the trim over the pipe .That way the trim will go all the way to the corner.
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You could do something like this to cover all the baseboard heat in the room.
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You could do something like this to cover all the baseboard heat in the room.
Very nice. Thank you for the idea. Is there any issue replacing the metal covers with wood, in terms of fire hazard? Any particular type of wood that needs to be used and clearance between the wood and the fins around the pipe?

Thank you again.

Also, I came up with another idea. Not sure if it would look good though. Thinking about running baseboard up vertically and then turn to meet the end of the wall. Any thoughts?
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Since this is hot water heat, the temp can only get up to 212*, however, the wood is kept away from the heater tubes by the mounting brackets used to mount the metal cover plate. Also, you are using air circulation to cool the wood because of convection of the heat through the top of the cover. The hot water heat probably does not get hot enough to start a fire. I am currently making these for a friend and he is using pine for the covers.

Hope this helps.
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Hope this helps.
Yes, thank you. One more question if you don't mind. Will you be removing all the metal covers (the one behind the pipe, the one in front, and the adjustable one), or does the wood cover up the metal pieces? Removing the one behind the pipe seems to be very difficult to me.
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I removed the large metal plates on the front and turned the adjustable one fully open, and left the back one in place and used a mounting strip of wood on the backside to attach it to the studs in the wall with screws. The metal brackets(holding the pipes to the wall), get fully covered up by the covers.



Here are the measurements that I used. I also added 45* angles to stiffen up the end pieces, so when a vacuum cleaner hits the edge the glue does not break loose. Everything is glued stapled from the back side to hide all the fasteners.

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