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Unread 05-12-2021, 12:08 PM   #1
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Remove tile or baseboard first when BB is tiled in?

I'm demo'ing my ground floor in preparation to install tile all throughout. My house is about 3 years old and is mostly carpet with a few "islands" of tile (front entry, kitchen, pantry). I have a tile installer coming but I am demo'ing to save some money. Of course, when it was built the baseboards were done first, flush with the concrete slab, and carpet and tile came in next. I want my new tile job done right so I will be removing the baseboards for the tiler.
My question is, where the tile went right up to the baseboards and was grouted to them, is it best to remove the tile first, or try to extract the baseboard first? My intuition is it will be easier to get the baseboards after the tile is removed, but I wanted to double check before I do something stupid.
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Unread 05-12-2021, 08:49 PM   #2
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Grout to baseboard won't have a strong bond, so Depending on where they may have nailed the baseboard, you might not be able to get it out, but in the process of tearing out the tile, you might ding it up more.

Industry standards call for that joint to be caulked, or to create an air gap...that's often done by leaving a gap to the wall, then installing the baseboard on top of it so the tile can expand underneath. It also makes it easier to hide any imperfections in that cut. That may mean refinishing the baseboards as they may not be finished beneath the tile.
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Unread 05-12-2021, 10:09 PM   #3
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If you want to save the baseboard, it’s best to pull the baseboard off the wall, then pull the nails through the back side. So that means it’s advantageous to remove the tile that’s trapping the base ahead of time. Otherwise, you have to tilt the base so far forward to get enough clearance to release the nail from the wall. By that time, you’re marring the baseboard against the tile.

But even if you’re not saving the base, I’d remove the tile ahead of time just to make the removal of the base easier.

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