Tips and tricks about crown moulding installation.

Published: 29th March 2012
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Crown molding is one of the many ways of molding that is meant to cap walls, house cabinets as well as pilasters which will be used extensively for creating the exterior and interior corner assemblies as well as the doors and window hoods.There are ways the crown molding can be installed such that the workmanship should leave little or no room criticism. There are also steps on crown molding installation that will help in making the installations a success

The average cost of crown molding varies from state to state with the cost of living. When it comes to crown molding most contractors will charge by the linear foot (Linear feet just means any distance or length measured in feet). Some contractors will charge by the corner. When I estimate for crown molding here in Richmond Virginia, I charge by the linear foot. My price for crown molding includes the material cost of the crown molding, and the labor cost of installing the crown molding. You can also get a price for painting the crown molding.
If your taking on the job yourself you can purchase the molding at a local Home depot or Lowe's whichever you prefer or you could save yourself about 40 cents/linear foot if you find a local mill work/lumber yard


Below is few tips :

1 Watch and Earn while you learn

Buying a video for professional craftsmen is only going to cause confusion and give you a lot of information that you simply do not need.As what you save is what you earn.If you are a visual learner, you want to find some good basic videos that show how to install crown molding and it is important to make sure that they are designed for beginners and people who like do it yourself projects.


2 The mistry of angles

It is important to remember that working with crown molding is not like working with a regular piece of wood. For one thing, when you cut the molding, you cut it upside down, with the top of the molding facing you. You also need to remember that when you cut the molding for the corner of your wall, you want to make sure that it is in a 45 degree angle. If this part confuses you, place the molding against the edge of the corner of your wall and you will see what I mean. If you take your time and remember to measure and use the right angles, you will soon get the idea.

3 Tedious to easy maping of job

Some people say that they have a hard time gripping the coping saw, so you want to make sure that it feels comfortable in your hand and that you, or your helper, are comfortable with it before you use it on the molding.The most difficult part of putting up crown molding is the usage of the saws to get the right angle and cut for the molding.For this job, you want the coping saw and a miter saw but if you are unused to these saws, it is a good idea to practice with them on some extra pieces of wood until you get the feel of them and are able to use them easily.

4 Facts and figures

Before you can buy crown molding, you need to take some time and measure the walls to determine how much molding you will need. When you measure the top of your wall for length (you will want to have someone helping you), make sure that you add an extra 12 inches onto your measurement to make sure that you purchase enough. As you prepare to apply the molding, you will want to measure again to make sure you do not cut the molding too long or too short.


5 Magic of two or more

Because you are working with the upper portion of the room, this can be a bit awkward when trying to install crown molding so I encourage having a helper to assist you. This could be a great way to spend time with your son or spouse, if they are willing. Before you begin the project, make sure that each of you understands your exact role so there are no unnecessary mishaps.


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