How to install the plinth with his own hands

By Admin | Flooring And Floor Coverings
11 April 2016

In this article, we will tell you how to install the plinth, and give advice to help you achieve professional results of your work.Skirting performs several functions: First, it covers the joint between the flooring and the wall, and secondly, to protect the base of the walls of the mechanical action, thirdly, it carries the decorative burden, provided of course that the work of setting it up is a quality.

Skirting is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and materials, so that you will not be difficult to choose the most suitable according to your tastes and needs.Material plinth will largely determine the sequence of your actions by its installation.The most common materials for the plinth is wood, MDF and plastic - it is about them and will be discussed in this article.

How to mount the plinth to the floor


  1. How to install a plastic plinth
  2. How to install moldings made of wood or MDF

How to install a plastic plinth

Plastic plinth has a double functio

n:it improves the appearance of the walls, hiding their curvature and other drawbacks and protects the base of the wall from all types of influences.In most cases a plastic baseboard is attached directly to the walls and not towards the floor, since it is very flexible and is intended to hide the curvature of the wall.

If you want to install a plastic plinth, you have two options: either using a good adhesive, glue the plinth to the walls of the room, or attach it with screws.We recommend that you choose the first option for the cardboard-gypsum walls and the second option for brick walls.

If you want to install plastic moldings on the drywall, you must identify the places where you have to twist the screws.Make sure that between the skirting and the wall, however, as between the skirting and the floor, had no cracks.If you need a plinth on a brick wall, you have to drill holes every 40 cm, insert the dowels and screws to fix the plinth.We recommend that you use a quality hammer drill to make the proper holes in the brick walls.

To install the plastic plinth, you need the following:

Materials: Tools:
Skirting plastic. Mitre or cutting machine at an angle.
Accessories for plastic moldings (connecting elements, angles, plugs). Hacksaw.
dowels and screws. Drill and drill bits.
Tape measure, pencil, square.
detector non-uniformity.
protective gloves, goggles.


  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and other residues after drilling holes in the wall.

for precise cuts, you'll need a hacksaw and miter box.Furthermore, in this project we will show you how to fix plastic moldings to the concrete walls, hence the need to buy screws, dowels and other necessary accessories (assuming that the drill you already have).The path we have chosen the implementation of your project, but it does not mean you have to act the same way.

Tools and supplies required for the installation of a plastic plinth.

First you need to measure the perimeter of your room to determine the required length of the plinth.Do not forget to add 5-10% of the waste when cutting.Plastic skirting is available in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so you better pay attention to this aspect before they make a final order.

Tip: If you want to hide wires or cables, buy a plinth with a special cable channel.Skirting this model consists of two parts - a body in which you can hide wiring and masking cover.

Begin work on installation of a plinth with a remote corner of the room, setting the whole pieces in the most prominent places of the room.In most cases, these seemingly minor details make the project more successful, so pay attention to them while working.

If you do not want to use the glue to fix the plinth, you must fix the bar with screws every 25-40 cm pre-drilled holes in the wall and insert the dowels.

installation of plastic moldings.

For this you need a drill and a small drill.You have to put the plinth into place, making sure there are no gaps between it and the floor and drill the holes through the rear wall skirting every 25 cm.

Tip: Do not at this stage to drill deep holes in the wall - you should just usingDrills mark the places where you need to install the dowels.

The planned opening
Drill holes through the wall of a plastic plinth.

Now, putting aside the plinth, increase the drill hole using a larger diameter that matches the size of plastic dowels.Remember that if you have to drill a concrete or brick wall, you should use a drill designed for these purposes.Furthermore, in order to obtain holes in such materials, it is better to use a hammer drill having a torque control function.

Tip: If your walls are made of drywall screws can be screwed directly without pre-drilling holes in the locations of studs.

Drilling holes
Drilling holes in the wall.

finished drilling, you should use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or brick / concrete chips generated during operation of the drill.This point is very important for your project, otherwise you will not be able to properly align, and hence properly install baseboard.

Tip: It is better to drill the necessary holes along the walls, and only then taken for cleaning - this will allow you to accelerate the process.If you came to this step, it means that you are doing just fine, and you're on track to complete the work.

cleaning debris remaining after drilling.

Now, you have to insert the plastic plugs into the holes, then fasten to the plinth using screws.For this you need a wooden or rubber mallet.Make sure the anchor is fully recessed into the wall, they must edge is flush with the wall.

Installation of plastic anchors.

Finally, you can begin to mount the plinth using screws.To expedite the process can use the screwdriver.

Tip: Do not tighten the screws too much, but at the same time they should not be twisted not to the end.In the first case, you risk damaging the plinth, in the second - will be a gap between the wall and the skirting.

Fixing plinth using screws.

After fixing the plinth you just close the decorative cover.If you want to place inside the plinth any wires can delay this action as long as you finish the entire project.

Tip: When inserting the cover skirting, do not use too much force as you can easily damage it.Although such plinths and are designed to protect the walls, they can withstand not everyone exposed.

Set masking cap skirting.

If the plinth wall is shorter, you have to connect two strips of plastic with a special connecting element.

Tip: It should be taken into account this aspect at the planning stage of work, and try to arrange a plinth so that the connecting elements are in the least visible locations.

Connection moldings
Connecting two fragments plinth.

Installing baseboards in the corners of the room is a little more difficult because you have to concentrate to get the job done in a professional manner.

The first thing you have to do - to mark the cut line with a pencil.This is more than understandable operation, so there is no need to dwell on this point in detail.

Marking the cutting line.

Then you need to cut off a fragment of skirting the required length, using a miter box and handsaw.If you wish, you can use for this machine for cutting at an angle, but first must make sure that it has the appropriate disc for cutting plastic products, otherwise you will not get high-quality cut.

Sawing off the plastic moldings.

Next you must make measurements on the other side of the angle.Just check a clearly visible line drank.

formation of the outer corner.

Mount plinth to the wall in the same way as you did on the straight sections of the wall.This means that you need to drill holes every 25 cm, insert the plastic anchors and then fix the plinth using screws.Setting the sawn-off pieces of the plinth in place, connect them using special plastic corner.

installing decorative plastic corners.

Once you have set all the pieces of a plastic plinth, you must insert the cover.In principle, this operation can be handled without any special problems.It is only to make sure that in the field of articulation between the two fragments plinth plinth cover and plastic fittings had no cracks.

Connecting two fragments plinth.

Remember that installation of plastic moldings - work is not complicated and does not cost much, but it can dramatically change the look of your home if you use the right tools and materials and follow our instructions.

23m installed plastic moldings.

How to install moldings made of wood or MDF plinth installation

recommend you start with the longest wall of the room.If the plinth is longer than the wall, you have to cut off a fragment of the desired size.If it is shorter than the wall, you will need to connect two or more moldings.We should know that their joint must be oblique.This type of joint requires cutting the ends of the skirting boards at an angle of 45º with subsequent connection decorative nails or glue.Propyl at 45º can be made using the miter box.

To give the already established plinth neat appearance, you need to fill in all the cracks in the inner and outer corners, gaps between the skirting and the wall, and holes from the nails and screws putty for wood and then sand the surface to be coated fillerand if necessary repeat the procedure.If you want to protect the floor (in some cases you may have to fill in the gap between the skirting and the floor), you have to use masking tape, which is removed on completion of the work.

to install skirting boards with your hands, you will need the following:

Materials: Tools:
plinth. Mitre or cutting machine at an angle.
Decorative (finishing) nails. hacksaw;
wood putty. drill and drill;
carpenter's glue (in some cases). roulette;
Masking tape. level;
vacuum cleaner.


  • Measure the perimeter of the room and add to the resulting figure of 10% of the waste when cutting.
  • Use a miter box to create internal and external corner joints.
  • If you need to sip under unusual angle, use the waste material.On them you can work out, make a few test sipped until you find the correct way.

How to cut off the plinth desired size at a certain angle

Use a miter box to get an accurate cut.Without it, it is impossible to perform high quality work on the installation of a plinth in the area of ​​internal or external corners of the room.Place the miter box and plinth in firmly holding it, Saw a 45 ° angle with a hacksaw.After you have finished sawing the plinth, use medium grain sandpaper to sand the cut place.

Cutting skirting angle
Sawing skirting by a miter box.

If you want to install skirting boards in the inner corner of the room, you have to make the connection at an angle of 45 ° or overlapped seam.The latter requires the use of special tools and the availability of expertise, so we do not recommend it for beginners, "diy".To connect the angle you need to know the exact value of the angle between the walls.To generate a standard 90 ° angle of each of the two joined skirting usually sawing at an angle of 45 °.

Connection moldings
Connection plinth in the corner.

docked plinth if its length is not sufficient

plinth Measure the required length, and make a better measurement of not one, but two or three times, because any mistake could lead to material expended in vain.If you need to install two or more moldings along one wall, you will need to arrange their joint, as shown in the figure.Use a miter box to cut off the ends of the skirting board at an angle of 45º.

Joining plinth
Diagon junction of two plinths.

means of fixing the plinth

to secure the plinth can use several options: decorative nails, glue or metal clips.Metal clamps, fastening come with MDF plinths.

For fastening wooden baseboards, with a hammer hammer cloves, trying not to damage the plinth in the process.We advise you to use the detector irregularities to make sure that you do not drive in nails into the void.

Tip: Use dobojnika to drown head of a nail in a tree.Once you are done, seal the hole with putty all the nails and the possible gap between the wall and the skirting.

Installing plinth using a pneumatic hammer.

As we mentioned, there are skirtings, which are mounted not on the nails, and are fixed in special clamps (brackets).This mount is usually preferable when you are dealing with concrete walls.To install the baseboard correct terminals must be secured at the same level, and for that you should use water or laser level.Even a small mistake can lead to poor results, so do not take the time to do all the steps carefully.

It should be noted in pencil a place where you will drill the holes, leaving between the marks of about 30 cm. Drill holes using a hammer drill or punch.Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the surface from dust and concrete / brick chips.Insert dowels into the holes.The next step - fastening clamps with screws, screw-in anchors.The last operation we carried out using a power screwdriver with torque control, but you can also use an ordinary screwdriver, although it would require more time and effort.

Fixing plinth in the clips.

Making the outer corner

Make a connection between two skirting around the outer corner easily enough if you use the right tools and techniques.The ends of the two fragments plinth saw off at an angle of 45º.If between the connected pieces of the plinth was a small gap as a result of a slight deviation from the straight side of the room, you can fill it with putty.Excess material is removed with a damp cloth.

External corner.

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