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Carpet placement with radiant baseboards?


My husband and I recently installed a boiler and radiant bb heating in our home and LOVE it.

We are finishing our basement and we ran into a problem I'm hoping someone on this board can help us sort out. Our bb installation was the first for our plumber so some bbs were installed directly on the concrete floor. We're getting ready to order carpet and are concerned about the carpet placement and air flow. The bb are slant flin.

What are our options for carpet in these rooms? Should we have our plumber raise the bb? Install the carpet up to the bb but not under? Do we need a minimum amount of clearance?

Thanks for your help!


  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    Related thread....

    Fresh too...


    Baseboards should almost never be placed on the rough floor. SOMETHING is eventually going to be placed beneath it.

    If someone is worried about being able to see unfinished wall between the bottom of the board and the floor, have them paint that area dark brown so it doesn't stick out so badly. Plus, in most cases, a person would have to be almost laying down to see the gap.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,543
    Check with the manufacture

    Your baseboards have been designed to perform with a certain air clearance.Less clearance will reduce there ability to convect air  and thus heat the room. I would check the manufactures literature and move them up if needed.If you are off by 1/4" I probably would not bother. 3/4" I certainly would.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265
    Under Baseboards:

    It must be raised a minimum of 3/4". Have a pine strip made that 5" longer than the given length of the baseboard. if it is a 8" (96") baseboard, add 5" to the strip, now 105". That's 2.75" each for the end caps. Set the back panel in the strip. The end caps will fit to the end of the strip. Cut the baseboards back carefully and when done, you will have a neat fit. The carpet installer will run the carpet up to the front of the baseboard against the strip. It will be a very neat and professional looking installation.

    That's how I do it.

    I never just set 3/4" blocks to set the height of the baseboard heaters. Like ME said, stand back and you will see under the heater. It looks SO unprofessional.
  • Mom2maddie_rose
    Mom2maddie_rose Member Posts: 2

    Thanks to all for your replies. I appreciate the information!
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