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05:56PM | 05/31/03
Member Since: 05/30/03
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I am installing a white ice beaded wainscoting that I purchased from ***** . I am having a few problems and I don't know how to fix them. Here is what the room looks like now. There are already chair rails and baseboards installed in the room (I did not put these up). I have taken off all of the switchplates and I think I am ready to go.
Problem #1:
I have already cut holes for the outlets in one of my boards, but when I tried to place the switchplate back on there the outlet was too far into the wall and I could not screw on the plate. Do I need to unscrew the plugs from the outlet box and then cut my hole smaller in the wainscoting so that the plugs screw threw the wainscoting allowing the switchplate to attach normally?
Problem #2:
A corner of one of the two boards that I have managed to put up is not being held on by the nails. It is bowing out from the wall. Do I need to get some type of glue for this to make it stick?
Problem #3:
I have about a 3/16 inch gap between the top of the wainscoting and the chair rail. This is way to big of a gap to fill with caulk. How do I cover this gap. All of my boards were precut at ***** according to my measurements. Unfortunatly I only measured the height of one area from top of baseboard to bottom of chair rail and it is not the same measurement all the way around the room. Anyway how can I fill this gap? Can I use some kind of small molding or what?

I think that is all for my questions. Please help me!!! I am doing this for our baby room and this is our first child. I hope I havn't bitten off more that I can chew. Thanks in advance for the help.
Michael Sepulveda


03:48PM | 06/01/03
Hello Michael,

  1. If your box is set too deep into the wall for the screws to reach you should go to an electrical supply house and purchase a box extension to screw your plate to. You do not under any circumstances want combustible materials to be exposed inside an electrical box or you will be creating a fire hazard as well as violating the electrical code.
  2. Try to angle your nails into the corner to secure the panel first. If you still do not hit a stud then use a construction adhesive like Liquid Nails behind your wainscot to secure it to the wall. Press the wainscot into the adhesive on the wall and then remove it for 3-4 minutes, then reapply it to the wall. If it does not stick properly at this point you may need to brace it in place temporarily until the adhesive sets up.
  3. As for the crack at the top between the chair rail and wainscot: The best solution is to carefully pry the chair rail off the wall all the way around the room, install your wainscot keeping the top of all the panels straight and level, then re-install the chair rail to meet the top of the wainscot. Caulk any minor cracks when done as well as the top of the chair rail.

Good luck

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