Replacing old Skirting

3 Dec 2006
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United Kingdom

I have somehow been roped into replacing the skirting boards in my mother in laws front room. She has recently has the walls skimmed and the plasterer removed the skirting after the job was done (at her request). The old skirtings were attached with pieces of wood as a wedge between the house bricks.... there is was a deficit of about 1.2" from the plastered wall and the house brick and the plaster is about 3" from the floor boards..... i am now wondering how to attach the new skirting?

Do i place a batten to the house bricks and then fasten the skirting to that?
Do i fasten a batten to the floor boards and then fasten the skirting to that? The latter method worries me as movement in the floor would result in the skirting coming off i recon....

Any advice is truly welcomed.....

Thanks very much.
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i now believe the old fasteners are called grounds, and she should have left them in place and reused them (according to a B&Q DIY Book haha.... i think one or two may be still in place, the rest went with the old skirting.....

ooouch! :oops:


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