Skirting Boards. In order to conceal the joints where the flooring boards butt up against, or approach to the wall, and otherwise to add to the finish of the room, boards more or less ornamented with mouldings, and of greater or less depth, are fixed round the walls of the room at their lower parts where they join the floor. If this finish is made up with a board comparatively narrow, and finished with a moulding of a simple character, the arrangement is known as a "skirting board." If the depth is considerable, and finished with a base and a projecting cornice, it is called a " dado," or " plinth. " The simplest form of skirting board is shown at d, fig. 225, in which a a is the line of floor, b the wall,

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Fig. 225, c a wood-brick, in this case termed a " ground " to which the skirting board d, more or less ornamented with mouldings, is fixed. A more elaborate kind of board is shown in the other part of the drawing, in which the lower part of the skirting board a a is grooved or sunk into the floor at b, to keep out the dust; c, a fillet; the upper part e of the board is grooved into a a, and fixed to the "ground" and fillet d; the thickness of d averaging one inch, regulating the thickness of the plaster f, which is grooved into d, g is the wall; h h shows a Gothic design for a skirting board; and fig. 226 a design in elevation and section of a "dado" or "plinth" (see above).

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Fig. 226.