Best tool for Undercutting existing baseboard

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    What is the best tool to undercut baseboard for new floor ?
     
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    What type of flooring are you installing? How large a an area?b Base shoe or quarter round is an alternative.
     
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    Tile floor.I was wondering if a multitool would work.I would prefer not to use a quarter round moulding.
     
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    It may if it's a small bathroom. I prefer to R&R the base.
     
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    Multitool will work. Take your time and put whatever you are going to install under the blade and use it as a guide including the underlayment if you are using any.
     
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    Base is usually not that hard to remove and replace if you do it right.
     
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    The problem with undercutting the baseboard is now it would be shorter that the other baseboards in the house.
     
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    Devils advocate here. But now the baseboard would be higher than all the rest in the house if applied after.
    P.S. I'd remove it also.
     
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    I don't do tile, but I'd assume it might be harder to fit the tile evenly under the base board than just remove it then reinstall it on top.
     
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    and that visible gap would look horrendous, since you lay the thinset, slide in the tile, then push down to adhere properly. Spend a few extra minutes and do it right. If you want the baseboards to match, get a shorter style, or trim the bottom of the base with a table saw.
     
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    Joining the bandwagon, I replace baseboards for any floor I install (tile or wood).
     
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    Welcome to the site. You mean replace as installing brand new baseboards?
     
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    Yes, I TRY to reuse, but in many cases I end up with new since the old ones break as you remove them. The height difference from room to room is not usually noticeable unless they touch directly.
     
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    On small pieces, a small diameter nail set or drift punch card drive the fastener far enough in so the piece comes off without splitting.
     

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