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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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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 ...
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Sealing things under a furniture-style vanity

Back Story: We are redoing our half-bath and are replacing a pedestal-style sink (the $75 ones you can find at Lowe's) with a much nicer furniture-style vanity (specifically this vanity). So we ...
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Gap showing between baseboard and shorter-pile carpet

We removed shag carpet and replaced it with a shorter carpet. Now there is a gap between the baseboard and carpet. Should we use shoe molding? If so how do you use it on the stairs with rounded ...
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Trimming wood floor boards for running wires under base molding

Renovating my apartment; started with walls, removed all base molding to run RG6/Cat5e throughout rooms under new base molding. Here's a photo looking straight down from the wall (with molding ...
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What's the best caulk type for exterior stucco to wood window trim?

I have cracked caulk that is sealing window trim to a stucco wall. What type of caulk should I use to replace the old, deteriorated caulk? Ideally, the caulk would be paintable.
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How to finish kerfed arch

We are remodeling our house and we bought an antique arched double door and I am building the arch trim (it is not a circle arch). I have a table saw with kerf blade and am planning on kerfing the ...
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How do I find the angles for baseboard on an outside stair stringer?

I'm installing baseboard on the outside of a staircase in my home. The staircase doesn't have an open stringer, and the height of my baseboard has created a really interesting angle at the bottom of ...
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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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I want to replace the trim kit in my shower without replacing the valve

We have very outdated hardware in our shower that we want to change out. The name stamped on the handle is Signature, which I believe is a Kohler product. I want to change out the trim without ...
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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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Best way to hide tile edge *and* hardie board edge?

My googlefu may be off, but I cannot find what I'm looking for... I'm installing a backsplash using 3/8 inch thick marble. The tile will be set on 1/4 inch backer board (didn't want to demo to the ...
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What is this mold and why does it keep coming back?

This mold-like substance has been growing onto my carpet from the baseboard. I had the carpet cut out and replaced and also sprayed and scraped up the mold on the wood. I came home last night to see ...
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Paint chipping too easily on trim and jambs

I've painted my trim and jambs the same color using a Matte paint (perhaps not the best call). It's about a few days old and it's already chipping. Granted we just got the carpet put down which ...
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How to Hide Expansion Gap around Oven

I'm getting ready to float a bamboo floor in my kitchen. I know I need to lay the flooring underneath the appliances, and I'll need to leave an expansion gap next to the cabinets and walls. The ...
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How do I remove molding with out damaging the molding or the wall?

I am installing wood flooring in my bathroom and want to remove the molding without damage.
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Product & technique recommendation to trim this door

So I had a new retaining wall built for the walkout from my basement, and there is a small gap (about an inch) between between the door frame and the wall. Currently it is filled with spray foam that'...
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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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What can I use to fill gap between unpainted wood trim and wood sill?

The gap is due to paneling install over drywall and I am re-installing trim around windows and door. The trim only has clear coat, so painting caulking does not appear to be a solution here.
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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

I am planning on having laminate flooring. The baseboards are not installed yet. Should I wait until the laminate is in first? Or should I do it before it is installed?
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Deck trimming lumber option

I am building a deck with 2x8 joists so the trim would be around 2x10 to have a look like these: OR However, I am not sure which materials to choose. Option 1 This one is pressure treated but it ...
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Drywall mudding plywood to emulate drywall

I have a need (long story) to use a long strip of 3/8" plywood under a door casing vertical piece and I plan for it to be slightly wider than the casing. It is joining old lathe and plaster and, for a ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

I am wondering how high I should space my baseboard off the floor before carpet. I know the tack strip will go next to the base and then carpet goes over it and tucks under the base.
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Creating my own coffered ceilings, whats the best material to use for the frame?

SO I am creating my own coffered ceilings by creating a grid which I will attach to the ceiling. Then I will nail/glue crown moldings onto this grid to create my coffered ceilings. Now I've made a ...
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Installing pvc molding

Installing pvc molding, so we don't have to prime and paint. What s the best method to fill nail holes. As i stated we are not painting. Also have 1 wall where i have to butt 2 pieces of molding ...
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Can multiple pieces of crown molding be stacked / combined?

Im trying to achieve a very ornate crown molding, and Ive gotten the look I want by gluing 3 pieces of crown molding together and it looks perfect. Ive used glue on my sample test run which is only ...
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Opinion on how to finish quarter round

I have just done some renovations and will have to replace some quarter round. Attached is picture of existing. Is there a "proper" way to finish quarter round that is against wood floor? I have ...
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Brad or Finish Nail Gun

I am replacing all the trim along the floor in the house, 3 bedrooms, office, living room, hallways, and media room. To save some effort I'll be getting a nail gun. For wall trim like this would a ...
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Can flexible baseboards come in lengths longer than 8'

My contractor is telling me that it is not possible to get flexible baseboard moldings longer than 8'. But my curved section is 12'. I currently have to use 2 flexible moldings which I believe looks ...
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How to remove window with minimum damage to outside trim

I've recently purchased an old home with windows that have probably not been replaced since the thing was built in the 20's. The siding on this home looks new and I'm taking it upon myself to replace ...
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Do you need skirt boards on the stairs?

My stairs are flush with the drywall right now. Will this cause me issues down the road?
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Can PVC moulding be used indoors?

I recently stumbled upon this some PVC moulding, I actually hadn't known they were making trim out of PVC. Is it designed just for outside, or can it be used indoors too? How do you attach it to ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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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 to attach a wood moulding trim around a backsplash

I'm installing a backsplash and trying to hide the ugly edges at the countertop ends. My wife and I decided on a wood moulding type trim, but I'm stuck on the best way to attach it to the drywall ...
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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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How can I transition from baseboard to a flat bathtub?

I have 3 1/4in baseboard molding that I want to transition from to a flat surfaced bathtub/shower. What are the generally accepted options for doing so? I could cut it at a 45, 90 or some other option ...
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Why are baseboard miters not straight even after tuning saw?

I'm installing baseboard for the first time and I keep noticing when doing 45° cuts the top is sticking out a fraction more than the bottom, see picture. I'm using a dewalt 716 miter saw and have used ...
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Spot prime indoors with shellac-base primer?

I need to block some wood knots that bled through the finish of the door trim. The knots have been previously painted with latex paint and acrylic primer/sealer. It took just a month for the knots to ...
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How to refinish indoor window molding wood?

The window molding in my house feels very "rough," for lack of a better word. The house is 25 years old. I assume this is from the sun beating down on the finish and wearing it down over the years, ...
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What's the best way to seal an access hole in a wooden gate?

I have had to cut out a square hole in a tall wooden garden gate in order to be able to gain access to the bolt and padlock that sits on the side of my garden. I've put all weather seal on the cut ...
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Repair damaged plaster behind door trim

I have begun pulling off the original trim in my 1920s townhouse. The plan is to strip away the 100 years of paint to reveal some of the detail. The plaster behind the trim is in pretty bad shape. Do ...
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Door latch hits casing/trim

I was starting to install casing on my doors and while positioning the board I realized the door latch is going to contact the casing (1x4 craftsman) before the strike plate. The solutions I've found ...
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Wood Trim that has Come Loose

I have a thin strip of wood trim on the inside of a bedroom door frame that needs repairing (it's loose). What should I try first?
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Backsplash moulding with an outlet

So I made the mistake of hiring a handyman to put in our beautiful butcher block counter tops the other day, and they left a 3/4 inch gap between the countertop and wall, which used to be covered by a ...
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What's the meaning of “expansive trim package”?

When I read a house description, there is this line "Features include: expansive trim package, granite, tile, hardwoods, french doors". Can anyone help me on "expansive trim package", what is it?
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Should I remove moulding before adding a plaster ceiling?

We have an 85-year old house with textured ceilings. We had a plasterer advise us to install new plastered ceilings over the old ceiling; if we do so, without removing moulding, the new ceiling will ...
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Ideas for 1" of ceiling/crown trim?

I'm drywalling around a window. The window has a 12" deep "frame", which I plan to drywall on the sides and the top, and then make a wooden sill on the bottom. The problem is that the top of the ...
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Window exterior trim finishing

I'm looking to finish this window by adding a PVC trim. When putting the trim on, is it better to assemble ahead of time and put in as one, or assemble around the window in pieces? Is it better to ...