Recommended Tool List:

  • ½” Forstner Drill Bits
  • Cordless Drill Gun
  • Large Caulking Gun
  • Hammer and Hand Chisel
  • Small Caulking Gun
  • Extension Cords
  • Hammer Drill w/ Spade Bit
  • Shop Vacuum
  • 12” Compound Slide Chop Saw

Suggested Installation Methods:


  • Remove existing cove base along perimeter walls.  Verify all grout and thin set materials have been removed from wall.
  • Seal and cover all voids created by old cove base.
  • Use shop vacuum to remove all small pieces of grout, thin set, and/or water.


  • Install sanitary cove base using splicers, end caps, inside corners and outside corners as required.  Walls and floors are to be clean and free of dirt and dust to properly install base material.
  • 90 and 135 degree corners are required to be installed using prefabricated inside and outside corners.  All other corners are to be mitered and properly sealed with color matched adhesive/sealant. DO NOT SCORE AND BEND BASE MATERIAL TO WRAP CORNERS.
  • Use color matched adhesive/sealant per Wal-Mart Specifications, and provided by Murphy Manufacturing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adhesive/Sealant is ordered through Murphy Manufacturing (303) 289-5686, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the sanitary cove base order. Refer to Specification Section 09655 – Resilient Base and Accessories for Sealant, matching color numbers to sanitary cove base.
Apply (3) ¾” beads of sealant to the back side of the cove base.

Apply adhesive the back side of the cove base

Apply adhesive the back side of the cove base

Apply (1) ¾” bead of sealant along bottom wall and floor joint. Apply sealant to Wall/Floor joint
Push against wall until excess sealant oozes out at the top and bottom of base making sure adhesive/sealant is free of any voids or gaps.

Place cove base against wall

Push against wall until sealant oozes out

Drill ½” holes in the face of the base THROUGH FIRST LAYOR ONLY using 1/2” forstner bit only.  Fasten base to wall with (1 1/4)”) screw.  Apply sealant inside hole to make watertight.
Vertical dimensions to avoid ribs inside base are:
6 ½” from top to first hole, 4” from 1st to 2nd hole, 1” from bottom hole to bottom of base.
Drill 1/2 inch holes
At splicers and end caps, the screws are to penetrate through tabs of splicers and end caps Screw through slicer and end-cap tabs
Once material is firmly attached to the wall,(approximately 2 screws per four feet), insert plastic button cover into ½” hole to cover the screws. Insert button caps
Carefully wipe away and remove excess adhesive/sealant for a smooth finished application or sealant can also be allowed to dry overnight and the excess can be carefully trimmed using a razor knife. Wipe away excess