As a finish carpentry subcontractor, I've been thrown a lot of curves lately by the builders in my area. Curved walls, turret entries, and oval hallway soffits are becoming the norm. A few years ago, our crew might have used flexible baseboard a couple of times a year, but now we see curves and use all types of flexible moldings on about half the houses we trim.

When I first used flexible baseboard about 12 years ago, on a cold day it was about as pliable as a frozen garden hose. It had to be warmed up before installation on a cold job site, and even then it was difficult to nail and would sometimes crack. Though it's still stiffer in the cold and more flexible in a warmer environment, the material now...

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