Cutting Moulding the Right Way

It has been declared that cutting moulding and installing the pieces can be one of the most difficult home improvement tasks that a homeowner can undertake. Many homeowners have thrown up their hands in despair and declared that they will never undertake a project involving moulding again because of the frustrations that they have faced. There is help for these individuals because there are easier ways to complete the project and take the hassle out of cutting crown molding.

Difficulties Associated With Cutting Moulding

One of the most difficult aspects of cutting the moulding to fit the areas where you would like to place it is actually cutting the moulding itself. At first glance, sections of moulding look similar in style to baseboard sections or door casings. This causes many homeowners to believe that the moulding should be cut in the same way as they would the baseboard or door casing.

The truth is that moulding sections are significantly different than baseboard sections by design. Instead of having a flat back with a raised profile on the face like a baseboard section, the moulding sections actually have numerous angled areas on the face and angled areas on the back that are designed to fit seamlessly against the wall and ceiling in the home. This is the reason why moulding sections are so difficult to cut when attempted in the same way that would be used to cut baseboards or casings.

Baseboard and casings are cut with the flat back or side up against the vertical fence of the table saw. Moulding should be cut with the face of the moulding against the table, in an upside down position, with the side of the moulding flush against the vertical fence. With the saw at a 45-degree angle, the saw will cut a moulding section for a perfect fit against the walls of the home.

Installing The Moulding Sections

After the moulding sections have been cut to the length needed to complete the project, it is time to install the moulding sections. The moulding sections should be placed with the flat areas of the side of the moulding section flush against the walls and the ceiling of the room. This will create a small hollow area between the moulding and the junction of the wall and ceiling.

Some homeowners choose to fill in this area with a strip of filler between the wall and the moulding. An angled filler strip can be purchased at most home improvement stores and can be nailed to the wall about 1 inch below the ceiling into the wall plate to ensure that the filler strip will be held securely in perfect placement to fill in the area behind the moulding section. An average width filler strip is enough for most types of moulding, but extra wide moulding may require a thicker filler strip to fill in the area between the moulding and the wall.

Moulding is typically secured into place using standard nails and a hammer. The nails should be long enough to penetrate through the moulding and through the wall or ceiling to penetrate to a depth of ¾ to 1 inch. The nails should be spaced evenly down the entire length of the moulding section and should be nearly flush with the edge of the moulding when secured.

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