I'm thinking about putting crown molding up in my house. I found this
Would anyone have any advice? Is this worth investigating? I'm on a bit of
Looks too easy. They mention that all your joints will be perfect because
they are pre-mitered. Problem is, you house is not perfect. I'd like to
see a real installation first. What you see in a video may be nothing what
it looks like in real life with all the seams.
house. I wouldn't touch this stuff, personally. I'd just set aside some
money every once in a while and when I get enough money to do a room,
I've seen too many cheap plastic "stickem" products that don't last and
I mean, look at the video! That stuff looks like a cheap version of
Anyone with a critical eye (like a potential buyer) will catch that. If
I saw that in a house I was going to buy, the first thing I'd wonder is
what else you cheaped out on in the house.
The only way I'd buy it is if I was redoing a hotel or office lobby or
some place where surface aesthetics are more important than a job well
done. In my house, no way.
I agree - there's no way it's as easy as the video. You'll find that
your walls will come together at 92 degrees or maybe 88 degrees or
anywhere else but a nice 90. One or two degrees doesn't matter?
You'll find a 90 degree molding corner and an 88 degree wall makes for
a gap big enough to drive a truck through. I know, I just did this job
a month ago for the first time and the ulcer is still with me.
Since this is your first installation, and I doubt you have an
expensive compound miter saw lying about, there's only one way to go -
standard wood crown molding with pre-made corner blocks. If you can
cut a straight line, then this is for you :-)
You can find everything you need at Lowes or HD. Buy a corner block,
take it home and see how it fits. If it looks absolutely horrible,
return it and start saving the money to pay someone to do it with all
of the fancy miter cuts.
If you want another consideration that is easy if you are
proficient with drywall compound:
scroll down on the left to crown mold.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Get a long strip of really junk (cheap) and just play a bit.
Listen to these words .... " Cut it like it lays "
Lay the piece on your miter saw .. where it ISNT laying flat on
the table OR the backplane. In other words have your piece where it
Just C-clamp a strip of board towards the front of the miter saw table ..
so that when you put the edge of the molding against it
and lean it back .. it will lean at a consistant predictable angle.
The angle will be dictated by the flat part on the crown molding.
Just imagine your miter saw to be the wall and the ceiling
once you have this makshift jig set up .. just take your long piece
of junk molding and start playing .. thinking about how it meets the
Note .. that you will frequently have to make the cut with the
molding upside down.
Trust me .. just experiment a bit
And remember .. if its not perfect .. its amazing what a little
caulking will cover up.
I used this system to do the crown molding in my kitchen:
Worked pretty good once I understood the principles involved and rented
a compound miter saw for a day. My job was particularly difficult,
with cathedral ceilings and a couple of 45 deg walls and cabinet faces.
I never would have been able to make the cutting calculations needed
The book and angle finder also available at HD.
Here\'s some of my work:
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