|Making of Floors - Course: Timberwork Techniques. Trainees' Handbook of Lessons|
It is the task of the skirting boards to cover the strip between planed boards and walls. Furthermore, they shall protect the plaster of the walls, the wall paper or painting against damages that might be caused when the floor is cleaned.
Skirting boards are manufactured 40 to 80 mm high and 20 to 30 mm thick and with different profiles according to the requirements.
When the skirting boards are fixed, they are butt-joined with a mitre cut (normally 45°) in the reetrant and projecting corners as well as in longitudinal direction.
For these cuts a mitre box is used, which one can make by oneself.
Skirting boards up to 50 mm in height can be nailed on the deals or fixed on the wall with steel nails.
Skirting boards of more than 50 mm in height are fixed on the wall with steel nails or are screwed to previously set plugs or expansion dowels.
The cavities between the beams and/or supporting laths must be ventilated through holes in the cover strips. In rooms without basement good ventilation is absolutely necessary in order to avoid rot at all wooden parts.
How is the skirting board joined in an angular corner?
What must be provided for if there is no cellar under the floor?
What is the last operation after all deals are nailed?