How to install quarter round like a pro

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so you finally got your flooring

installed and now it's time to install

the quarter round

we'll put that caulk gun away because

today we're going to be going over a

couple tips and tricks

to help you get those miters real nice

and tight

and some tips on what we use to putty

our holes after nailing

you're not going to want to miss these

so stick around that's coming up next

hi guys welcome back to youth floor the

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average diyer the latest tips and tricks

to help you with your next flooring


and today we're going to be going over

cutting quarter round now i figured the

best way to do this is to do kind of on

the job to show you how it goes from

start to finish and how it is that i go

about running my quarter round so that's

what we're going to be doing in this

video i did a job where we did some

pergo outlast and we ran the quarter

round on there and i took a lot of great

videos so you can see actually on the

job how to cut inside corners and

outside corners

now before we get started i did want to

go over something with you these are a

couple pieces that i've already cut on

my saw right here and for reference

points so you know what i'm talking

about when i'm discussing it in the


this right here is what i would call an

outside corner when i write it down on

my paper i'm probably going to write

sh for short point because as you can

see there's an angle on it and the long

point down here that's what i would call

the long and that's what i would call

the short

now over here on this other end i would

call this the long and i would call that

the short does that make sense

if you get a little bit confused or

you're working with somebody else who

does it a different way they may call


inside corner and they may call this the

outside corner so basically what happens

is when you put it together on an

outside wall

that's what it's supposed to look like

when the miter comes together real nice

and clean

if you're going on an inside corner

these are what you're going to

these are what you're going to be using

for your inside corner so i don't want

to waste any time we're going to jump

right into the job site so you can see

how we get this thing started from start

to finish so let's go

now the guy who taught me how to cut and

install trim shout out to toby tyler

told me when you walk through the door

the first piece of trim to your left

will be number one

then you want to measure from left to

right just like you were reading a book

that way if one person is measuring and

nailing and one person is cutting

the cutter will always know which end is

which on the cut sheet

he or she would just read it like a book

in this case the measurement is 92 from

square to short

now this quarter round is only 94 inches

long so i like to get the most out of it

then add the small piece at the end so a

lot of cuts are

92 from long to short or 92 from shorts


you'll notice that i'm skipping the

small piece temporarily and making a


from the right wall to the left at 92

inches then i can measure the next one

in line

which is the small piece i do this

because i always want the bevel on my

splices to face away from the eye

view that way it's almost flawless when

viewing it from the main area of the


this next piece will be from long to

return the door trim sticks out past the

baseboard in most cases

so the piece at the end what i would

call the return has to have a finished


we usually just cut it square and then

turn it on a 45

and cut it about an eighth of an inch



so obviously with two doors this number

would be from return

to return

so that pretty much explains how we

measure the quarter round i'll just go

ahead and talk

you through the next one that one was a

return to a long

this next one is going to be long to

long or inside the inside corner

next is long to short or inside corner

to outside corner

next we would say short to long or

outside to inside

remember we read this like a book and

long to long

you guys get the point

all right so we're out here to cut some

cord around and i want to show you guys

this is the quarter round that they send

out at home depot basically it's

it's really pressed cardboard that's

being glued together i guess

pressurized you can see it forms a stick

and then it has paper wrapped around it

i don't know what that paper is made out

of but it papers paper so if it gets wet

and this is cardboard it's not a good

scene so

uh if you have if you're in a place that

is very much a lot of water

uh you should use real wood or you can

buy pvc if you're in a high water

area if that's something you want to do

which is the man-made product anyway

we're using this today

and i'm gonna show you how yeah you cut

it one thing i do want to say about this

if you when they send these out and this

is the way

me and my wife do it they send it with a

label on it right

so if you're standing it up against the

wall like that

if you put the label to the left when

you're cutting it

then it comes out a little bit farther

so it acts more like a quarter round

all right but if you put the label to

the right

it actually the three-quarter goes up

and this is more of around 5

8 so it's more like a shoe mold this way

so it's really whatever you prefer

we with the laminate with our quarter

inch extension gap we like to use it

with the label to the left

and if we put the label on the left at

the within the saw we'll always know

that every time we have the two piece of

miter that comes together

that they'll always line up you don't

want one that's standing up tall and one

that's laying down flat you want to be

able to join them together so make sure

you're putting your cord around in the


facing the same weight every time you do

it and if you're using real wood three

quarter it's three quarters by three

quarters so it doesn't matter

cut it in however you want all right so

we're going to start with our list here

92 this one's pretty simple square it

went right up in that corner there


and because this stuff dents so easily

because it's cardboard sometimes i don't

even use a pencil i just come up here

and mark it with my thumbnail

i'm going to set this on a 44 for a

reason and i'll explain in a minute i

want all my miters to be consistent

then i just number them according to

where they are on my list that would be

number one

next one is 28 and a 16. and again it's

on a 44 degrees

now i'm going to mark 28 and 16 to my

inside corner that first inside corner

again i'm just going to use my

fingernail because it makes it look

funny more

i'm going to cut back but we're also

going to spin it to 44 degrees

i'm going to just blow through these

next cuts so we can get to installing

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light on this next one we have

31 and 5 8 to the short we haven't had

short on our list anymore and this is

one of those i would tell you you could

either consider to be an

outside corner i like to write short

that's just how i've been doing it you

know you would write the i

for an inside corner or long because it

makes it

my opinion it makes a long on the

outside whatever faces the wall that's


the faces along comes out i call that


here's an example long short

she would never do that you say short to

long why we're reading it like a book

left to right

all right on this one we're going to go

along to shortly we're still going to

make our

long point that goes on the inside

corner of 44 degrees

but the one that goes to the outside

corner we're going to make that one at

46 degrees

once we get these pieces in there i'll

show you what i'm talking about and why

i do that so stick with me

this one's 44.


hey guys all right we're back in the

closet and before we get started placing

all the cord around where it goes

i wanted to show you why i cut my miters

in the inside corners on a 44 and why i


my outside down 46.

all right so i went ahead and cut two

pieces that are really short so i can

use them for the inside and the outside

just a mock up to show you what it would

look like if i actually took these out

to the saw and cut them onto 45 degrees

to make my miter

now on the inside corner as you can see

when i slide them in

when i go to push those in it's not very

tight i have a very visible black line

right there

and a lot of times that line will uh

be out towards the front and see how

it's tight in the back well what if we

could make it tight in the front

and if there's any gap at all it would

be towards the back so that's why

we cut them on 44 degrees now on the

outside corners

it's the same situation let me explain

what's happening

when they drywall the wall here

they have put a little piece of metal in

here and in order to

you can even see the little dots right

here where the holes are we can put

screws in

and then put the drywall mud over top of

it in order to make that

it's flawless and seamless they kind of

got to pack the mud out which makes the

wall kind of curve out a little bit

so when you're putting your baseboard on

there it turns that 90 degrees

into just a little bit more out there so

that's why we cut these on a 46. this is

what it looks like with a 45

i'm getting right here at the short

point put them together

right there as you can see there's a

there's a crack out the front now

wouldn't that be nice if it was tied out

front and it was a crack in the back

so that's why we cut these onto 46

degrees for the outside

as you can see when we put them together

it is literally tight on the outside

right outside and then once i roll them


it's hard to see because my hands are

nowhere near my hand out of the way but

you can see

is very tight

and a lot of times if there is any

slight gap right there if you just push

it into the

into the baseboard and put your nails in

it'll hold and you don't even need putty

or caulk right there it

is beautiful but you can if you want to

just uh and as far as the inside corner


if you cut them on a 44 degrees it's the

same thing they've packed this wall

out so much with the drywall that it's

not a 90 degrees anymore

so you cut it on a 44 when you slide

again you can see

that it's really tight

so that's how we do our inside corners

that's how we do our outside corners

and to explain how we splice things

together in just a second

before we get started i want to tell you

a little bit about ca glue i don't know

if you know about this stuff or not

but i was turned on to it by a guy named

richard from finnish carpentry tv

this right here is like basically a

super glue cyano acrylic that's what the

ca stands for

and this is an accelerator and you know

how when you guys use super glue and you

put it on something you're gonna

hold it forever and hope that it stays

in the place that you put it in and not

move whatever

this stuff makes this cure rock hard

within about

it's been my experience somewhere

between 8 to 11

seconds so depending on the material

you're using

so i like to use this stuff when i'm

splicing two things together

if i'm in a hurry and i want a job and i

just don't have it i'll just put them

together but it makes for a good long


if that's something you want to do and

then you don't have to worry about is my

corner going to be right is my splice

again if i nail the corner and i know

that am i going to be overlapped in the

middle just

if you blew them together you don't have

to worry about that anyway that's just

an extra you want to do this

they don't sell this at home depot or

lowe's as far as i know

but they sell super glue they don't they

won't sell this you can go to amazon and

find exactly what i'm holding in my hand

so and they got it in a little spritz

bottle as well anyway here we go

nice and generously

and then i'm spraying detail right here

one two three four

five six seven eight

nine ten

all right so you have one piece

more thing i want to mention this

pergola outlast is water resistant

but to truly make it waterproof we have

to put 100 silicone

on the edge that way in case there's a

pet accident or a spill

you're covered no liquid can travel over

the edge

and underneath the laminate now this

foam rope

is called backer rod or caulk saver

when you put an expansion gap on your

laminate sometimes it's a little bit too

big to be

filling full of caulk so if you put this

stuff in there it takes up space

so you don't have to waste as much



once you've sealed up the edges you just

slide the cord around into the silicone

and nail it off make sure you're nailing

straight into the baseboard

now this is an oil based putty you don't

want to use this if you're going to be


we use something different but this

stuff is great on this paper quarter


it makes it virtually invisible we just

take some

and dab it in on the holes make sure

your hands are clean as well

if you guys are not sure where to get

this stuff they also sell it on amazon

it saves you some time and helps out my


i'll leave a link in the description and

to finish it off we put a very small

bead of caulk on the top

so that we join the baseboard in with

the quarter round

and make it seamless you don't want to

use too much

remember a small bead goes a long way


well there you have it guys installing

quarter round

101 that's how i do it some people go

through the

process of coping i think that's a

little bit of an overkill but hey if

that's your thing

go ahead and do it i think this is a

whole lot faster and get things done a

whole lot

more efficient and smoother plus it

looks great why not right

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