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Calking Baseboard Before Installing Quarter Round

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Calking Baseboard Before Installing Quarter Round (post #212840)

 I have purchased a home in Virginia that was built in the 50s. There was carpet over the original hardwood floors. I have pulled up the carpet and am pulling staples and tackstrips before refinishing the floors. My question is about the fairly large gap that is between the baseboard trim and the floors. I'm planning on installing quarter round to hide this gap, but I'm wondering if I should fill this gap with caulk first. It  seems it would behoove me too because the gap would potentially create a good place for bugs and other small pest to hide and travel through the house. The house is rural so insects could be a problem. Termites are a problem in this part of the country. Thanks for your time and input.

Use shoe mould, not quarter (post #212840, reply #1 of 6)

Use shoe mould, not quarter round. Caulk is good for keeping drafts out, and possibly some insects, but will have no effect on termites because they avoid light.

Thanks. Shoe molding makes (post #212840, reply #3 of 6)

Thanks. Shoe molding makes sense...they had quarter round in a couple rooms that they hadn't carpeted. And I had totally forgotten that termites avoid light, thanks for reminding me. So do you think it is a waste of time and money to caulk those spots on interior walls?

Caulk is a good idea, as long (post #212840, reply #4 of 6)

Caulk is a good idea, as long as it is a caulk that can stay flexible.  Otherwise it will become cracked and unsightly and useless.  Big Stretch caulk is an example of highly flexible caulk.

Backer rod and clear acrylic. (post #212840, reply #2 of 6)

Backer rod and clear acrylic. It'll sure keep the breeze out.

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If you are putting in (post #212840, reply #5 of 6)

If you are putting in shoemolding I would say that caulk is not needed on interior walls, unless you have a sound transfer issue. On exterior walls you should definitely caulk it will help with drafts. Backer rod is a good suggestion and stay away from silicone caulk.

Backer rod will help with the (post #212840, reply #6 of 6)

Backer rod will help with the drafts.  Depending on the type of bugs....if they have gotten this far you have other problem(s) that need to be addressed, e.g. carpenter ants show up where there is damp wood, centipedes are looking for other bugs to eat, silverfish go after old paper, book bindings, etc., subteranean termites will be eating the structure in the dark areas....they come up the foundation via mud tunnels.