How to Attach a Baseboard to Cement Walls


Baseboards can turn a drab and plain wall into something with more character and style. They are installed at the bottom of walls and can be stained or painted to match or compliment the decor. In areas where cement is used in place of traditional walls, the baseboards will require a different method of installation to ensure a strong and lasting bond. Instead of using finishing nails, baseboards are secures to the cement walls using strong adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Thick gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Miter box
  • Quick-drying baseboard adhesive
  • Measure the length of the cement wall, using a measuring tape. Take this measurement, and transfer it to a section of baseboard, using a pencil to mark the cutoff end according to the cement wall measurement.

  • Wear thick gloves and safety goggles. Set a miter box on a flat and stable surface. Place the marked section of the baseboard within the center groove of a miter box. Position the saw so it rests on a 45-degree angle.

  • Cut the baseboard on the pencil-marked location, using the miter box. The 45-degree angle will create a slanted end, for use in areas where two walls form a corner.

  • Measure the length of the remaining cement walls, using the measuring tape, and transfer all measurements onto a piece of baseboard with the pencil.

  • Use the miter box to cut the pieces of baseboard to the cement wall measurements. Give the cut sections of the baseboard's slanted ends if a 45-degree angle is required for proper fit on the cement wall.

  • Lay the baseboard face down on the floor in front of the corresponding cement wall. Squeeze a 1/4-inch-thick bead of quick-drying baseboard adhesive down the entire length of the baseboard section.

  • Place the baseboard section against the cement wall, using firm pressure to push the baseboard against the wall to create a strong bond. Maintain firm pressure on the baseboard for up to two minutes.

  • Repeat the process of securing the baseboard sections to the remaining lengths of the cement wall, using the quick-drying adhesive and firm pressure, until all the sections remaining are complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid cutting mistakes by measuring the cement wall and separate sections of baseboards twice with the measuring tape.
  • Mark matching numbers on the cement wall and the baseboard sections -- using a black marker -- to avoid securing the wrong piece of baseboard to the wrong cement wall.
  • Begin with the longest cement wall, and work your way around the room in a clockwise direction. The clockwise direction will make fitting the angle cuts together easier.
  • Do not apply baseboard adhesive to dirty cement walls. Clean the areas on the cement walls where the baseboard will install with a shop vacuum to remove debris, dust and small cement particles.


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