baseboard around heating vents


Old 06-11-17, 12:25 PM
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baseboard around heating vents

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In my basement where I'm putting up new baseboard, I have two heating duct vents that come out very close to the floor. I'm not sure exactly how to deal with these. The flooring is a vinyl plank and there is a small gap (on purpose) between the floor and the wall. The baseboard covers this gap but if I just stop the baseboard next to the heating vent, the gap will show. Should I caulk it? Put quarter round at the bottom of the vent? Try to cut a thin piece of the baseboard that covers the bottom of the metal vent? I'm open to any ideas...thanks!
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Old 06-11-17, 12:54 PM
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No one will notice it but you.
I would mark that baseboard with the pencil held against the vent and make an angled cut, not leave it at a 90 like that.
Old 06-11-17, 04:10 PM
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It's location would lead me to believe this is a cold air return, not a register. Even if it isnt, a baseboard cold air return grill would work better because they are about 3/4" thick so that the base can butt up to either side.
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I'm thinking the issue is the gap under the grille. I'd either rip a small piece of wood to take up the gap where the drywall doesn't meet the floor or take the grille off, trim all 4 sides and then reinstall the grille.
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The cold air grill I am referring to goes all the way to the floor and is 3/4" thick.
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