Questions tagged [trim]

Trim provides a transition between different surfaces and materials, covers gaps and adds a finished look. Trim includes molding (moulding), wainscoting, mantels, etc.

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Is this mold, mildew or just dirt?

We just removed some molding from our floor only to reveal some kind of black substance that looks like dirt. We are not sure what it is. See the following photograph.
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Exterior Window Casing in Brick Exterior

So I was attempting to install new exterior window casing on my windows due to the existing casing/trim peeling and seemingly rotting. The exterior of the home is brick so I bought some 1 1/4" x 2" ...
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How to trim a cut on a hollow core tabletop edge?

I have a hollow core tabletop, which is too wide for where it will go. I'd like to cut it into two pieces. What is a good way to finish the cut edge? Or is it just easier not to bother and get a ...
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What to do with gap between cut baseboard/shoe moulding and new wider door trim

I put in new door moulding around a door. The new moulding was a little bigger than older moulding which resulted in my cutting the baseboard/shoe moulding with oscillating saw. I am left with a small ...
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Airbrush-size airless sprayer for painting interior trim?

I have a lot of detailed interior trim to paint with latex enamel paint. It’s a pain to paint with brushes or small rollers and it seems like it would be so much easier to use a very small airless ...
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How do I determine the correct tile trim depth?

I'm installing some large format (406mm x 406mm) 12mm travertine tiles on some walls in a bathroom. I'd like to finish some exposed tile edges within some aluminium tile trim. However, I'm unsure ...
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What are the differences between wood and composite shoe molding?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. I'm deciding between composite (I think it's PVC) and wood. They are quite similar in price. How do these 2 materials compare in terms of: ...
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What kind of trim should I use for an aluminum backsplash behind a stove?

I would like to use metal trim for the aluminum backsplash behind the stove; the trim would go between the backsplash and the cabinet and tile. What kind of trim would you recommend and what is the ...
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How can I transition between these floors at differing levels?

I need some ideas for the transition trim. I don't want it too tall. I have kids and don't want them to trip over it.
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Door frame pulling away from wall

over time the molding around the door frame has pulled out a little and we always just use a hammer and block of wood to put it back into place, but recently my door was slammed and now it's ...
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Is MDF a reliable product for interior trimwork?

We are debating whether to use MDF or real wood for interior trim around doors and windows. We're told that the MDF is easier to work with ~ no sanding and possibly cheaper. However, we have gotten ...
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Crack in joint between molding and ceiling

I have a very old house with plaster walls. After getting a new roof, a large crack opened up between the molding and the ceiling where the wall is pulling away, but only along the one outside wall. ...
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Older style door trim

I am doing renovations on the inside of my really old house, and am looking to update my interior doors. I have the old style door trim and doors (skeleton key door locks), and the really old door ...
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How do I fix my trim that wasn’t sanded well

Trim that was painted was not sanded well and now we have bumps on the painted trim, how do I fix this?!
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What does the “thickness” measurement in a t molding measurement actually describe?

I'm trying to buy t-molding online for hardwood that is 1/2" from subfloor to top of the hardwood, so I would like a t-molding that is 1/2" from the bottom to where the t-molding would rest on the ...
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Uneven ceiling, best way to fix it?

Contractor responsible for preparing the ceiling and painting, neglected to mention the ceiling for bathroom is visibly uneven. 7cm difference from one end to the other. Looks also a bit concave. The ...
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How to cut 45 angles in quarter round shoe molding with circular saw?

I do not own a mitre saw, which seems like the best tool for cutting skinny quarter round shoe moulding at 45 degree angles. While I can manipulate the angle on my circular saw, which worked very ...
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What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
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How can I repair scratches on door molding?

I live in an apartment with my cat. Through the use of a water bottle, I've gotten him to stop, but he's left quite a few deep scratches and gouges in the molding around some of the internal doors. ...
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How to cut tall baseboard on a miter saw on the flat with an angle greater than 45 degrees?

I have some 11" tall baseboard that I've salvaged from my house. I need to cut a number of outside corner miters where the angle of the miter cut is greater than 45 degrees. The corner is ...
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Installing Baseboard Moulding with Brad Nailer

I am wanting to install my newly purchased wooden baseboard molding by using a Brad Nailer. I went to the Home Improvement store and bought what I thought was the correct tool. Turns out that the Brad ...
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Baseboards or Laminate flooring first?

I'm laying down new laminate flooring in a small condo and the current baseboards have got to go. They're old, ugly, dirty, and installed plain wrong. My question is: Do new baseboards go on before ...
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Install exterior window trim without puncturing nailing fins

When installing exterior window trim (just some 1" x 4" boards), how do you fasten them to the house without hitting the windows nailing fin and weather proofing material on top of them? For example, ...
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What is the best way to calculate the angle at which crown moulding should be cut?

What is the best way to calculate the angle that crown moulding should be cut in the compound miter saw to fit an inside corner?
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Do I have my steps right for painting over stained trim?

I bought a 30 year old home that was a bit of a project and I'm currently updating the kitchen. All the rooms in the house have white trim except the kitchen. It has stained wood and it looks horrible,...
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Router bit for baseboards

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to mill mine own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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best choice of material for exterior window casing

I installed fiberglass new construction windows 15 years ago on the front of the house. I used finger-jointed casing around the windows that measure about 1-1/2" square to fill the cavity around the ...
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How can I install exterior trim around my windows

My house has serviceable but plain-looking windows: I'd like to spruce them up a bit, by installing some exterior trim that can be painted in a contrasting color when we have the house painted in a ...
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Soft touch for trim nailer

I have a cheap Harbor Freight brad nailer and it does a great job of fastening my window trim and baseboard molding/etc. The only thing I don't like about it is that the point of contact is metal. On ...
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Do I need to apply polyurethane on stained quarter round?

I just finished staining the quarter round for my floors and I want to know if it's necessary to apply polyurethane? I followed someone's advise to condition the wood before staining and I didn't see ...
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What's the best way to finish this trim

So I'm doing my baseboards in my basement, and I'm running up to what was previously installed. I'm going to slide the baseboard all the way flush with the vertical part. From there, I'm a little ...
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how to extend wall board to window for narrower trim

We installed cement board on a wall to prep it for tiling. The gap between the window and the outline of the rough opening is anywhere between 3" to 3.5" (it's inconsistent). I want to install ...
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How should I protect wooden trim that abuts a brick chimney from further water damage?

We are repairing and painting all of the wooden trim on our (new-to-us) 1930's home. We have a brick chimney on the gable end of the house, approximately 6 feet down from the ridge. The roof is a ...
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need help with installing window trim

We've removed the existing drywall on an uneven wall, along with the trim around a window on this wall. When we're done making the new wall plumb and even, the window will be more recessed than the ...
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What type of window trim go on top of stucco and how?

My design drawing has a simple trim around window but my contractor did not ask me and applied stucco around the window. Now I can only add the trim on top of stucco. I want to make sure the trim is ...
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What's the best way to fix skirting board without nails / screws?

I need to put some skirting board up which will be fixed to some skimmed, dot-and-dabbed plasterboard. I need to fix it without nails / screws however, as it's in a basement/cellar conversion, and ...
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Building a stud wall around cornice

I'm building a short stud wall across an alcove, to give us a built in wardrobe. I'm intending to frame the wall with the timber laid out on the ground then to lift the frame into place and secure to ...
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How should I trim this door?

The above door is set in a double stud wall. On the left side of the door is a skim coated stud that sits about 1" out from the door frame and on the right side the double thick wall sits 4.5" out. ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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How can I install T molding on concrete subflooring?

I'm at the point where I want to install some T molding for the transition from our main room to the bedrooms. I just took a look at the directions and they only show screwing the track into the ...
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Framing around depressed area of floor: a good plan?

I'm installing a grandfather clock in my house. Problem: my first floor ceiling is 88" high, and the clock is 94" high. I can't modify the clock, so I'll have to modify my house. The solution is ...
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Swedish Crown Molding KS. Would this be useful? Are there better tools? [closed]

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onecut/onecut-crown-molding-tool-patented-technology/description This tools that gives a template for half the measured angle looks simple and reasonable, but ...
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Bathroom caulking question

Just curious if anything in the posted picture should give alarm before recaulking (further prep is underway). Is there supposed to be a deep crevice between the molding and the adjacent tile? Can ...
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Nailing tongue and groove cedar trim in a 4 inch space

We have a tongue and groove cedar ceiling to install; however, the problem is we have a lower coffer two feet inside the upper ceiling to be covered in the cedar. The space we have to nail into is 4....
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Trimming or spackling the edge of a tile schluter to drywall (Large Gap)

I would like to get any suggestions for closing this gap. The bathroom studs were out of plumb in an older house. The edge of the schluter goes from 0 at the bottom to 3/4" at the top on one side. ...
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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How to install floor baseboard on drywall frame with metal studs?

So, I can't use a nailer, and I would rather avoid screwing it and having to patch holes later (the baseboard comes prefinished). Can I just apply a few strips of silicone on the back of the trim, ...
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Filling interior door trim gap

The doors were installed at the same time as the paneling. Now, however, there is 1/2" drywall, and if I try to install the trim around the doors, there's a huge gap between the door frame and the ...
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How to fit jam extensions to this window?

New double casement windows came from manufacturer bowed inwards at the center mullion so that window has an a very, very slight "V" shape when viewed from above. The windows need jam extensions ...
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How do I finish the open end of a chair rail?

I helped a friend put up a chair rail in his house yesterday. It turned out great, except that neither of us knew what to do about where it met the window. Since the window didn't have trim around the ...