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Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to tackle DIY projects and we've pulled together a bit of a step-by-step guide on fitting skirting boards - a project that may well take up the majority of your weekend, depending on how many rooms you have to do.

Skirting boards provide a decorative finish that can disguise the join between the floor and the wall as well as protect the wall from everyday knocks.

To start, measure the total length of the room that the skirting board will cover and then add 20% to make certain you have enough and to allow for contingencies.

If you prefer you can paint the boards before you start or paint them once they are fitted to the wall.

Cutting boards to the size: * 1. Measure the length of the gap you want the skirting board to fit into. Be sure to be accurate. Where the skirting boards join together at a 90[bar] corner, use a mitre block cut at a 45[bar] angle so that they slot together.

2. Plan before you start cutting the way your boards are going to lay and be sure you cut the right 45[bar] bend so that they slot together.

Fitting: * 3. Skirting boards can be attached to the wall using nails, glue or screws. Glue is quick and simple but can sometimes leave gaps as it's harder to press the board tightly to the wall. Nails can be used if you have a wooden surface to attach the boards to, but cannot be used with plasterboard. * 4. If you are attaching the skirting board to a brick or plasterboard surface you will need to drill 4mm holes half way up the board, in a line no more than 1mm apart where you want the screws to be. Each section should have a minimum of two screws though more are recommended if you have walls that are not perfectly straight.

5. Use a countersink when drilling the holes to ensure that the screw head will be flush with the skirting board.

6. Once the holes have been drilled, hold the board up to the wall in position and mark through with a pencil where the hole will be to pinpoint where to screw.

7. To drill into the wall you will need a 6mm masonry bit with a hammer drill. Drill the holes the depth of the screw so that it fits flush with the skirting and doesn't stick out over the skirting board. The screws should be long enough so that 30mm of screw goes into the wall. You will then need to fit a wall plug in each hole that you drill and then screw the boards in place.

8. When the boards are in place, use decorator's chalk to fill in over the screw holes and then paint over the chalk. * 9. Any gaps between the wall and the top of the skirting board can be filled with decorators chalk also and for a neat finish run your finger along the join.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 27, 2011
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