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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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Suggestions for improving these stairs

I love the treads on these stairs which I will be revitalizing. The risers are awful. I was thinking of adding a nose and then using 1/4 be needed plywood to cover the treads. The wall right next to ...
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What's the best way to repair or replace window sill & apron that's been sawed off?

The previous homeowner installed built-in armoire cabinets and bookcases that I plan to remove. In order to facilitate the opening of the armoire cabinet door, they cut into the window sill and apron ...
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Replacing trim set in horse hair plaster

There are a few places in my house where I would like to replace the door trim, but the walls are horse hair plaster. Is there anyway to do this without having the plaster totally fall apart?
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What are the options for my window on my brick house?

I was hoping to get some guidance and am including a picture. I have a brick house that was built in 1913 and then gut rehabbed in 1998. They replaced all of the windows and redid everything in the ...
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How to smooth cement trim/moulding on pillars?

I'm getting my house painted and have about 20 decorative concrete pillars with cement trim/moulding (see pics below). The first contractor turned out to be a rookie and basically slathered paint on ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps in the drywall hidden by molding?

We recently had someone repairing the stairs in our home. During the process of removing the old stairs they created these gaps in the drywall (see images), however, they never filled them and simply ...
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How accurate does corner angle measurement on crown moulding need to be?

How accurate does angle measurement on crown moulding corners actually have to be? What I am saying is say compare a manual angle finder that has 1 degree increments vs a typical digital one that ...
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Nominal size (shrinkage) for 3 x 12 porcelain tile bullnose trim?

What is the range of acceptable shrinkage for porcelain tile trim? The trim is advertised at the supplier site as 3" x 12"; the actual trim is 2 5/8" x 11 3/4". I did some online research before ...
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Reattaching loose trim

I have some outside door trim that has come loose. Below are two pictures showing the difference between the top and bottom of the trim. I looked at this thread but it was not very helpful as the ...
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How to fill 3/4" gap between tub and tile floor

My house is 120 years old and there are very few level surfaces or right angles. I just had the (alcove) tub and shower replaced. One end of the tub apron is nearly flush with the floor, but the ...
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Securing two sections of 'floating' molding together and to wall

There is no wall stud behind the ends of these two sections of molding. (Otherwise, of course, I would use nails.) The surface behind them is painted gypsum wall board. The molding on the right is ...
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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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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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How to join melamine sheets for a concrete mould?

I'm planning on making an L-shaped concrete kitchen countertop (2100mm x 2500mm) with a single large piece of concrete (Yes, I know, see below!). As the melamine sheets only come in a max size of ...
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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 to finish pine woodwork/trim

we are renovating a 1905 Victorian. I stripped and stained the downstairs woodwork/trim (oak) and headed up stairs to work on the trim/woodwork (baseboards, window/door trim/doors) only to find that ...
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How can I trim out a supply pipe passing through a tile floor against the toilet base?

I need a recommendation for a product that I can use to hide where this pipe meets the floor in my bathroom. There was a metal piece here but I had to cut it off since the new toilet comes so close ...
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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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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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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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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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Floor trim / Scotia between tiles and vinyl floor

I'm replacing carpet in a small bathroom with vinyl. I'm wondering what the best way to seal the vinyl against the wall edge would be? I've seen different approaches, some suggesting just using a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trim - Casing and Baseboard Installation

I want to install more decorative baseboard in my existing home. I currently have 2.5" plain casing and 4.5 inch plain baseboard. I have three windows that have 1/2 inch gap between the top of the ...