10:03PM | 03/23/01
Member Since: 03/23/01
1 lifetime posts
Please excuse the simplicity of my questions. I'm planning to install some crown moulding onto a plaster wall/ceiling, and have a few basic questions, not related to coping or angle cuts:

* Do I nail into just the wall, or the wall and ceiling?

* Is there an standard spot on the moulding that you nail through, or do you nail "X" amount from each edge.

* I have 12 and 15 foot walls to cover. Should I attempt to install the moulding in one piece or can it be installed in two or more pieces (which would make the trip from the home center a lot easier.) If installed in multiple pieces, what type of joint should be used (I assume not a butt joint)?

* The moulding comes pre-primed. Would you suggest applying the finish coat prior to installation?

I appreciate your help.


04:19AM | 03/29/01
Member Since: 01/15/01
12 lifetime posts
Crown's not so tough. Put the nails in the top and bottom where the most meat is. In some cases you might need to use longer nails into the top plate (On walls parrallel to the ceiling joists). I always try to use one piece but, if you haven't run any crown before it might be best to two-piece the last run. Otherwise you'll be faced with a double cope (one on each end). For what it's worth, I never cope anything, always mitre. If you buy a few extra feet of crown you can cut a couple of short test pieces and make the mitres fit before you actually cut the finished piece. The main thing is to not nail anything permanently until the corners fit. Once the corners fit, nail the two ends tight and go to work on the next corner. Try to avoid nailing too close to the ends as this can mess up the fit after you've worked so hard on it. Nail into studs, ceiling joists and top plates or lath catchers where applicable. Take your time and you'll do a nice job.

ps I'd save the finish coat for last but it never hurts to put a coat of paint on first.


04:57AM | 03/29/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
For me it's easier to paint moulding before installing it, then touch up the nail holes later. That way, you don't have to do such a painstakingly neat job of avoiding getting paint on the ceiling (or floor) and the wall.
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