Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to Replace Bathroom Resin Cove Base Molding

This is the best molding for wet areas like bathroom
Fig.1 Resin molding
By Gary Boutin 
Supplies and Tools: 

Delta compound saw 12-inch
Dust mask 
Latex caulking
Measuring tape  
Resin base molding
Safety goggles
White semi-gloss paint

Willie is a postal employee that travels 360 days a year, and has little time to work on his century old studio cottage in downtown Chino, California. The problem Willie had was his bathroom floor had a large gap in the tile and the wall area. The area needed a cove base molding, a product that would not produce mold and could be used near a shower. Resin molding comes in white and looks like plastic in case it gets wet.

This post shows the eight steps to replacing the resin cove base molding and caulking it to the wall and floor. 

Step 1. The Home Depot molding had several choices, but the resin cove base molding stood out. The dimensions of the molding were two and half inches in height by eight feet in length. It was the perfect application because the molding would never produce mold, and it was priced right at eight dollars.
Step 2. Fig.1 shows the resin molding and adhesive glue. 

Step 3. Fig.2 shows the first piece of molding, the first cut is for the first corner and was cut at 45 degrees.

Use a tape measure for the right fit
Fig.2 Measuring
Step 4. Fig.3 Delta® compound saw.
This is a Delta Compound Saw used to cut molding
Fig.3 Measure on saw

Step 5. Fig.4 shows a top view of both corners, in preparation for caulking.

This is the bathroom corner that needed to be replaced
Fig.4 Nice clean corner
Step 6. Fig.5 shows the Delta saw teeth on the resin molding. As a precaution the person using the saw should use adjust mask and safety goggles.

Be careful to wear the proper gear before using this Delta saw
Fig.5 Delta ® teeth
Step 7. Fig.6 and fig.7 shows that latex caulking was used on wall and the edge of the molding and on the floor.
Use caulking to prevent water moisture from getting into the home
Fig.6 Caulk molding
Use silicone caulking on the top and the bottom of the resin molding
Fig.7 Caulk top
Step 8. Fig.8 shows both sides of the corner molding. The job is finished. See the two different angles to get this job done. The new resin molding added to the floor and all the trim had been caulked for a clean new look. Now Willie can enjoy his bathroom without the worry of mold damaging the new trim.

This moisture resistant bathroom corner is finished
Fig.8 Job finished

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