Straighten bent quarter-round moulding?

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Old 12-06-17, 08:25 AM
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Straighten bent quarter-round moulding?

Right after the Harvey hurricane, we removed the wall baseboards and quarter-round mouldings and threw them outside as trash. A few days later, we realized they may still be re-usable. The baseboards are OK. But some of the quarter-rounds are bent. Can I straighten them? If so, what's the best way to do it? They look like real wood.
 
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Old 12-06-17, 08:34 AM
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Generally installing them is enough to straighten. Nestled in the crook between the wall and floor all it takes is a nail here and there to push out most bows and keep it straight. You can test by putting it in place and pressing with your finger. If you can straighten it with light to moderate force then I'd try it. If you have to push hard or it just doesn't seem to straighten then it's destined for the dumpster.
 
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Yeah you will likely just need to use more nails. And if they are too twisted don't mess with it, but new ones. That trim is pretty cheap.
 
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I've pre painted miles of shoe mold and quarter round over the years and you never see all of them straight until they are nailed up. As X said, if you have to fight with it to get it in place - replace it.
 
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If you have dew in the morning, you can lay the boards down on the grass with cupped side towards grass.
That will let the board straighten and relax a little. In Texas, there might not be any dew
 
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