How to cut and install the ceiling plinth

How to cut ceiling skirting (fillet)? The question is quite relevant. When docking the baguette in the corners of the finished premises there is a need for sawing. It’s not easy to make a perfectly flat cut and the desired angle. A self-taught master at this stage of work suddenly realizes that he cannot achieve the desired result and correctly cut, butt joining the necessary details. Lack of basic skills can permanently discourage him from doing their own repairs. Therefore, before you cut the plinth, it is worth saving up knowledge and to understand all the intricacies of this issue.

Installation scheme ceiling plinth do it yourself

Installation scheme ceiling plinth do it yourself.

The basic rules for installing fillets

  1. At the initial stage of installation work, the angle between the walls is necessarily measured. It is usually close to a value of 90 °. In this case, the docking ends of the baseboard are cut at an angle of 45 °.
  2. High-quality cuts can be made with an electric miter saw. A professional tool allows you to avoid chipping the material, and its scale with degree marking allows you to achieve a completely smooth and aesthetic angle.
  3. The first are the most prominent corners of the room, which are visible to everyone. If there is an outer corner, work begins with it.
  4. After cutting the plinth it should be tried on at the installation site and identify possible inaccuracies. Insignificant errors can be easily corrected by means of a hermetic means.
  5. It is necessary to determine the upper and lower edge of the baseboard. For reliability, the bottom edge of the baguette is marked with a pencil.
  6. Cutting a plinth with a pattern is a bit more complicated than a smooth baguette. Additional fitting required. At the corner should be the main element of the ornament, connected from the two halves of the right and left baseboards.
  7. Cutting the baseboard correctly means choosing the right tools for the selected material.
Types of trim ceiling plinths for external and internal corners

Figure 1. Types of trim ceiling plinths for external and internal corners.

Today, for the finishing of the premises are most often used fillets of foam. It is easy to cut and glue to the ceiling, and its affordable price still attracts everyone. For beginners in the repair business, it is better to choose the foam baguette, since all the errors when joining it are easily smoothed by means of auxiliary materials. The softness of the material eliminates even serious flaws. But other types of baguette can also be used in repairs: polyurethane, imitating plaster moldings, wooden or plastic. Regardless of the type of material, the method of cutting it remains the same, only the tool for cutting is changed.

Progress does not stand still. Today, for especially lazy craftsmen, the construction industry provides ready-made corners of foam or polyurethane. When using them, there is no need for many labor-intensive actions and measurements. No complicated tools needed. It remains only to adjust the ceiling plinth to the desired length and cut it straight. The only condition for using ready-made corner fillets is that the corners between the walls should be smooth and be 90 °.

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The choice of tools and work with them

The scheme for calculating the number of ceiling plinth

The scheme for calculating the number of ceiling plinth.

Perfectly smooth cut depends on the right tool, which will have to cut the ceiling plinth. Neglect of this fact leads to a great disappointment: the jagged and chipped material. It’s good if you have professional tools at hand, but a self-taught master usually selects inexpensive counterparts in a hardware store. Cutting the ceiling plinth with improvised tools is not recommended. For each type of material must use its own tool:

  • for polyurethane and polystyrene - a sharp construction knife with a wide blade;
  • for wood - hacksaw with a blade of fine teeth;
  • for plastic - a manual jigsaw.

The ceiling plinth made of plastic can be cut with a sharp-edged mounting knife. Cutting blade should be changed as often as possible. If you do the work with a blunt tool, then the plastic plinth will inevitably be damaged. Thick plastic, which does not bend, professional masters advise to cut with a grinder with a disk of 125 mm.

Stages of installation of ceiling plinth

Stages of installation of ceiling plinth.

An indispensable tool for building flat corners on a plinth is a half case. Working with him is incredibly easier. The result is a calibrated angle of strictly 90 °. The body has a top and bottom left and right slot. Baguette in it is laid on the side from which it will be located along the wall. To perform the outer corner of the baseboard, which goes along the left wall, sawn off along the right upper slot. And, accordingly, the end of the right plinth is cut through the left upper slot. To build the inner corner, the baguette of the right side is cut through the right upper slot, and the fillet, which goes along the left wall, through the upper left slit of the cloth (Fig. 1).

You will also need measuring devices and markers for marking. How to measure the angle between the walls? After all, it is not always possible to meet perfectly flat angles of 90 °. Professionals use a laser builder (level), and amateurs use a protractor and home-made stencils. An easy-to-use tool - the Malka protractor - will help the home-grown master easily cope with the measurement of corners and correctly compile templates for the docking of fillets. Such a simple device can be found in any hardware store.

Measuring tape should also be always at hand.

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Measurement of corners and cutting a plinth by stencil

Making a stencil is necessary when the corners of the room do not correspond to 90 °. The evenness of the corners can be checked in the old-fashioned way. A strictly horizontal beam of 40 cm is drawn from the corner on the right wall, and a beam of 30 cm is drawn on the left wall. The horizontal line is checked by level - the measurement accuracy depends on it. When measuring the distance between one and the other end of the rays should be 50 cm. If this equality holds, then the angle is 90 °. When the value is greater or less, the angles are not straight. In this case, each corner of the room is measured separately, and the resulting value is divided by 2. The result is the angle by which the plinth should be cut.

Stencil is better to do from thick cardboard. It draws two parallel straight lines at a distance, which is equal to the width of the selected baguette. In the middle there is a dividing straight line strictly at an angle of 90 ° and two intersecting lines (using a protractor) that make up the desired angle. According to this drawing, the ceiling plinth is cut, as well as with the use of the molded metal. An individual piece is made for each corner, according to which it is necessary to cut the ceiling plinth.

One inaccurate stroke - in our case, the curved corners on the ceiling plinth - can spoil the whole impression of the repair done.

Now, knowing the simple rules, you can easily cope with the construction of flat corners on the baguette and enjoy the good work.

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