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hlcass
Baseboard Mystery
hlcass

The baseboards of our house have a 1/4 inch slot running through the horizontal length of them.

Only exterior wall baseboards have this and only on the North and South exterior walls.

We live in a single story house built in 1949, wood clapboard sided on a slab, no basement or crawl space.

Does anyone know what this design feature does? It's cold in Chicago and all it seems to do is let cold creep in this time of year and bugs in the summer. Thanks!!!:confused:

victorian
Re: Baseboard Mystery
victorian

My guess... Maybe it's for phone wires or another type of wiring.

MLBSF
Re: Baseboard Mystery
MLBSF

can you post a picture of it?

hlcass
Re: Baseboard Mystery
hlcass

Attached are a few pictures, Thanks!!!

ZZZ
Re: Baseboard Mystery
ZZZ

Well that is the most unusual thing I've seen in a while. I hope someone comes up with an answer.

jkirk
Re: Baseboard Mystery
jkirk

it is very odd, ive run alot of trim and seen alot of trim in reno's but never seen that. at first glance it looks like a piece of vgroove panelling, then its more like 2 peices of base installed

jkirk
Re: Baseboard Mystery
jkirk

it is very odd, ive run alot of trim and seen alot of trim in reno's but never seen that. at first glance it looks like a piece of vgroove panelling, then its more like 2 peices of base installed

if you have the time and money for it, i would tear it all out then replace it with a new baseboard which is slightly taller to hide the line on the wall and any minor damage to the plaster/drywall from repairing it

MLBSF
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MLBSF

very strange, never seet it before. my only guess is your first response. it looks like it could have been used to rub a wire or phone cord in a long time ago.

very odd

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