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What is the best method of installing mdf skirting boards? adhesive? plugs & screws?
My flat was fully replastered and would like to reinstall skirtings. I would prefer adhesive but do not know what type of adhesive. Can you also suggest a brand? Thank you.
6 Answers from MyBuilder Carpenters & Joiners
Newport • Member since 23 Jun 2011 • 347 jobs, 100% positive feedback
I agree with Hampshire carpenter. I always use decorators caulk as it is cheap, easy to clean off and you can caulk top of skirting as you go. Pinning with second fix nail gun is optional but helps to hold in til caulk goes off.
Answered 10th Sep 2011
Waterlooville • Member since 24 Sep 2008 • 13 jobs, 100% positive feedback
Screw and plugs will always be better, espescially if your walls are a bit bumpy...and the skirting needs pulling back. Most people stick it these days.
The best stuff I've used to stick it is yellow gripfill by evo stik...link
It has an instant grab property, and It's water based so you can fill in the gaps between the top of the skirting and wall with it, smooth off with a damp rag...and paint when dry.
No more nails is similar (unibond), but a bit thicker in consistancy, so you have to push it back quite hard. It can be expensive because it's aimed at the DIY market...link http://www.vellumartwholesale.com/contents/en-uk/p596.html
Painters mate or decorators caulk is a flexible water based filler, but is excellent for sticking skirting on the walls, as it dries it shrinks, which pulls the skirting back...it also works with coving.
Try and buy solvent free, because it's easier to clean up... especially if you get it all over the wall :)
I'm sure loads of people will disagree but
I hope this helps
Answered 31st Dec 2011
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Exeter • Member since 31 Aug 2010 • No feedback yet
if the walls are nice and straight after being plastered? carpenters will usually use grip fill or no more nails and just occasionally put a screw in to hold the skirting back tight until the grip fill/no more nails has set then remove the screw.
Answered 6th Sep 2011
Ferryhill • Member since 1 Sep 2011 • 2 jobs, 100% positive feedback
Use a product called Grip fill http://www.screwfix.com/p/gripfill-350ml/10261
,If your floor's are bare nail or screw some 2"x2" in 10cm lengh's along the skirting edge to hold the skirting against the wall if needed to keep a straight line until the grip fill has cured. Also recommended at skirting joins.If plugs and screws are necessary use car body filler to cover the pug holes ;)
Answered 6th Sep 2011
Bristol • Member since 13 Jun 2008 • 41 jobs, 98% positive feedback
I agree with hampshire carpenter
If You have the luxury of a 2nd fix nail gun then you can tack the mitres with this or you can buy mitre fix which holds the mitre perfect
If the walls have been plastered then make sure they are dry first otherwise they won't stick
Answered 9th Sep 2011
Norwich • Member since 23 Apr 2008 • 271 jobs, 99% positive feedback
I always use clear silicone or no nails, clear silicone is cheaper.
Answered 6th Sep 2011
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