How to Install Baseboards on a Brick Wall


Homeowners in Northern California often have wood studs and drywall that surround the inside of a room. Because of this, installing baseboards against the wall is a straightforward process that just requires a hammer and some nails. On the other hand, brick walls could be seen in older houses. Even brick nails and other types of specialist fasteners may cause damage to the walls of the building and generate vulnerability. Many homeowners find that using glue to secure the baseboards to the wall is the best method. Attachment tactics that are well considered will result in a baseboard appearance that is clean and well-organized.

  1. Utilizing a measuring tape, determine the overall length of the brick wall. Take careful measurements from corner to corner, rounding up to the closest sixteenth of an inch each time.

  2. According to the instructions provided by This Old House, one should measure a length of baseboard and then mark it with a pencil to match the measurement of the wall.

  3. Sawhorses should be used as a platform for the baseboard. Cut each end of the baseboard using a mitre saw at a 45-degree angle to complete the installation. Start the cut at the top of each pencil mark, then angle the saw so that it is 45 degrees below horizontal toward the centre of the length of the board to finish cutting off the ends. Because of these angles, the corner connection point for the other baseboard pieces is created.

  4. Position the baseboard so that it is flush against the wall. Place a level on the top of the baseboard, and then check to see whether the alignment of the floor and the baseboard is level. Take the baseboard from the wall and dispose of it.

  5. Apply glue for baseboards by squeezing it into the reverse side of the baseboard in quarter-sized places roughly every foot. These blobs of glue perform a function quite similar to that of the nails that are traditionally used to fix the baseboard to the wall. In order to get the best possible results from the installation, you need to make sure that the glue dries quickly. According to an article published by Family Handyman, some of the most effective adhesives include construction adhesive and wood moulding glue, both of which are typically sold in stores that specialise in home improvement.

  6. Put some pressure on the baseboard so that it’s against the wall. In order to double check that the baseboard is really level, you should put the level on top of it. Make the necessary adjustments by hand to the alignment of the baseboard so that it is flush and precisely flat against the wall. To prevent the adhesive from being totally removed from the baseboard, the adjustments should be made in very tiny movements.

  7. Apply pressure with a board measuring 2 by 4 inches to the baseboard. Cement blocks should be pressed up against the two-by-fours at regular intervals of one foot all the way down the length of the baseboard. Using a cloth, remove any excess glue that may have been applied to the baseboard’s edges. During the curing process, the pressure from the 2-by-4 and the blocks will guarantee that the baseboard will remain flush against the brick wall.

  8. Please let the glue at least half an hour to cure before using it. Take out the blocks and the two-by-fours.

    Things You Will Need

    • Measuring tape

    • Pencil

    • Baseboard

    • 2 sawhorses

    • Miter saw

    • Level

    • Fast-drying baseboard adhesive

    • 2-by-4 board

    • Cinder blocks

    • Rag