Crown Molding

Crown Molding FAQ

Crown MoldingIn this article on crown molding, I will cover a few of the frequently asked questions for crown molding fitting. In most renovation projects crown molding is one of the last things people think of but it can really make or break a rooms feel. So you should really take some time when selecting what type of crown molding  you are going to use in your room, and more importantly will you be putting it up yourself? Working with crown molding can not only be difficult but very time consuming, personal I would get a contractor in to do the work as I have no patience with crown molding, I love the effect it has but could not put it myself.

Here are a some of the crown molding FAQs

What size true angle tool should I use, when putting up Crown Molding?

Well when putting up Crown Molding I would use both a 7″ and a 18″ true angle tool. My reasons for this are simple, the minimum true angle too you will need for measuring your corner angles is a 18″ true angle tool. But for the those smaller corners and spring angles I would use the 7″ true angle tool.

Can you put up Crown Molding by yourself?

It is possible but working by yourself can prove very difficult and will make putting Crown Molding up very difficult. This being said the best way to work on your own is once you have made all your measurement markings, lightly tap in a 2″ finishing nail in to the wall. Spread the nails out along your measuring markings and then rest your tape measure on the nails. Do not worry about the holes these will be filled in when you chalk your Crown Molding. Or if you wish you can purchase a laser meter that uses light to measure.

How do I know what the crown slope angle is?

Well, you have to measure the angle using a 7″true angle tool. There are three types of crown slop angles, one for each direction you can make a turn in your Crown Molding;

  • Horizontal crown slope
  • Vertical crown Slope
  • Ceiling crown slope

How do I cope crown molding?

Well firstly coping crown molding is the process of handing cutting and fitting each individual crown molding joint, a very slow and painful process. It requires you running the initial piece of crown molding, which is cut straight and square then fixing that all the way in the corner, then holding the second piece of crown molding in place, butt it up to the first piece you have fitted in the corner.

What you do next is fairly complicated, you get a compass and hold it in a horizontal position to the first piece of crown molding, then in a up and down motion you move it across whistle holding it in a horizontal position. What this will do is create a contour mark on the surface of the second piece which will be identical to the contour on the first piece of crown molding. Then you simply cut the second piece with a hand saw with saw angles of roughly 5 degrees. Bewared though this only works for inside corners between 90 degrees with 10+\- ether way.

I have a gap at the to of my Miter cut but it fits flush as the bottom?

Well this should like you have measure the spring angle wrong and cut the wood at the wrong angle, so unfortunately all you can do is measure the angle again and re cut the crown molding.

Why is my angle finder is reading 135 degrees?

What your angle finder is doing is the reciprocal actual corner degree, so what you need to do is take 180 and minus 135 this will give you the actual angle. You will find most protectors work this way on larger corners.

How do I support Long sections of crown molding?

I would recommend using roller stands for supporting the longer sections while you are working with your crown molding. You can buy custom developed roller heads that will attach to a wide variety of roller stands, that are designed to hold crown molding.

What size crown molding should I us for my ceiling?

This depends completely on the the height of your ceiling and the size of the room. In general I would you should select a 5″ cornice in a ceiling that is 8 foot high and a 7″ cornice for a ceiling that is 9 foot high.

What is HDF?

Well HDF stands for high density fiberboard, over the last few months quite a few companies have been tricking customers by selling them HDF crown moldings. You buy HDF not HDF crown molding, HDF is a stronger version of MDF and is a good product. But it is better for the laminate flooring trade rather than crown moldings.

In conclusion

So I hope you found this FAQ useful and remember crown molding is a very versatile decorative casing. It can be used for window casing, door casing and creating a Greek column or ceiling medallion. You can buy your crown molding in a variety of materials such as; pilaster strips, fiberglass column, styrofoam molding, easy crown molding, polystyrene crown molding. Remember when installing crown molding to be very careful when cutting crown molding corners as it can be very awkward when you cutting difficult angles it is very easy to make mistakes and hurt yourself, so take your time and be safe.

So what ever Crown Decorative Effects you have chosen I hope that it goes well for you and do not feel ashamed if you have to get a contractor in because crown molding is not the most fun thing to instal. If you are worried about the cost of having crown molding fitted my article on home addition loan may be of some interest to you.

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