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Working with Oak Skirting Boards

Guide To Fitting Oak Skirting Board

Perhaps one of the most popular types of skirting board is oak skirting board. A lot of people choose oak skirting board because it is durable, easy to install, and easily matched with the walls. If you choose oak skirting boards, you don’t have to worry about painting it as the natural color of oak is good enough to make your walls attractive.Oak-Skirting-Board

Because oak skirting boards can be easily installed, most homeowners decide to fit skirting boards by themselves. How do you fit oak skirting board? Follow this guide:

* Before you start, you should have all the necessary tools and materials you need. Get them ready in advance so that your work will not be disrupted once you start doing it. What are the tools and materials you need? Of course, you will need the oak skirting boards. You will also need a tape measure, pencil, miter saw, miter box, sand paper, hammer, nails, and wood filler.

* Start by measuring the length of the wall where you intend to fit the oak skirting board. Always set an allowance. For instance, if the length of the wall is 60 inches, then make it at least 62. This gives you a 2 inches allowance which will make up for any potential cutting or measuring mistake.

Cutting At 45 Degree Angles

* Cut the oak skirting boards. If you are cutting the board at the corners, make sure that you do it at 45-degree angles – this will be both for the external and internal joints. Use your pencil to mark the oak skirting board for the joints. Use the miter box, and miter saw to cut the skirting board on the mark accurately.

* Continue measuring and cutting the oak skirting boards until you finish all the walls that you want to cover with the skirting board. After doing so, attach the oak skirting board using the nails. Locate the studs so you can attach the nails on the studs.

* To cover the holes and the nail heads, you can use wood filler. The oak skirting board will look smoother and straighter with the filler. Let the filler dry for a while then smoothen the oak skirting board using the sand paper. You can apply polyurethane to make the oak skirting boards shinier and looking new.
Fitting oak skirting boards is so easy. You can do it yourself. This saves you money. You don’t have to pay a contractor to do the job.

There are lots of things that you can teach yourself to do, but when it comes to learning how to install oak skirting boards, you are probably better off working with someone that knows what they are doing. Oak is a very expensive wood, and if you are going to try to install it in the form of a skirting board by yourself, then you should at least make sure that you know how to do it right. After all, if you do it the job incorrectly, then you are likely to ruin the oak that you are working with, which means you’ll need to buy more and that can add up.

Getting help can be useful

There are lots of things that you can teach yourself to do, but when it comes to learning how to install oak skirting boards, you are probably better off working with someone that knows what they are doing. Oak is a very expensive wood, and if you are going to try to install it in the form of a skirting board by yourself, then you should at least make sure that you know how to do it right. After all, if you do it the job incorrectly, then you are likely to ruin the oak that you are working with, which means you’ll need to buy more and that can add up.

The best way to find someone to help you learn how to install oak skirting boards is to look around your area for the experts. Now you may not need to pay someone to help you with this because you may find that you know an “expert” already. An expert isn’t necessarily a professional contractor or someone that teaches contracting.

You will need to ask the people you are considering having help you, what kind of tools they think you need for the job. After all, without the right tools, you’re stuck. Ask a few different people so you can be sure that you get a good list and so that you’re sure you have everything that you need because if one person forgets something, another is sure to remember.

Once you have all the tools you need to do the job, you’ll need to ask the folks you’re considering working with how much time they think you’ll need to do the project. If someone thinks it’s a really quick job you may need to consider whether or not you think they will be sloppy with the project. You might discover someone that has an extremely long timeline, and they may be too much of a perfectionist. You should probably work with someone that is right in between the two extremes.

When choosing who to work with you should probably find someone that you feel will be the best fit for you as far as how they can help you learn.

Use this skirting board video as a reference: