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Miter Joints
Tutorials - General Notes
Friday, 09 May 2008

Miter joints are made by cutting two pieces of moulding on angles and joining them together. Miter cuts are made straight across the grain of wood on the face of the moulding, but they are cut at an angle other than 90-degrees. The most common miter cut is a 45-degree cut, where two pieces with opposing 45-degree miter cuts are placed together to form a 90-degree angle. If the corners within the room are not perfect, the angle will have to be taken with a sliding T-bevel, and then transferred to the miter box.

Home Improvement Tips
Tutorials - Home Improvement Tips
Friday, 09 May 2008
Planning for a home remodeling?  Want to do the project by yourself?  Well, many of the home owners these days think or plan for a home improvement project by themselves, knowing that they can eliminate the labor expense and chop a project’s cost in half than hiring a contractor.   In the first place, do-it-yourself activities are interesting and gratifying.  When you do something from start to finish it is immensely satisfying to see the end product.   However, engaging in a do-it-yourself task is sometimes tricky; especially if you are not a well-experienced do-it-yourselfer.   As what most of the experts often say, there are some precautions that you must follow while undertaking home projects by yourself.
Installing Chair Rails
Tutorials - Chair Rails
Friday, 09 May 2008

Chair rail is used to break up borders on the wall. For example, you could paint the wall above a chair rail and hang wallpaper below it, or vice versa. You can purchase premanufactured chair rail pieces, or you can develop your own chair rail by building up several pieces.

Do It Yourself Crown Mouldings
Tutorials - Crown Moulding
Thursday, 08 May 2008
Crown moulding installations demand precise craftsmanship and represent a variety of challenges. The following guide requires skills demanded in any millwork installation, whether it's a chair rail, baseboard, window treatment, door trim, stair tread bracket or decorative medallion.
Installing Casing And Door Moulding
Tutorials - Casings
Friday, 09 May 2008
Install the moulding piece by piece, working your way around the door or window, leaving the nail heads exposed to allow for any repositioning. Avoid nailing the last 2 to 3 inches of each piece to avoid splitting. In some cases you may need to predrill your moulding before installation. Nail in the curved or cove part of the moulding to better hide the nail holes. Nail mouldings into wood studs or jambs. When nailing by hand, any good quality finishing nail properly countersunk will work well.
Installing Baseboards
Tutorials - Baseboards
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

A baseboard is used to protect the bottom of the wall and also to cover the gap between the floor and the wall. It also gives the room to a decorative look.  For best results it is recommended to let the moulding sit at room temperature for at least 48 hours prior to installation to allow moisture content to dissipate. Baseboard joints should fit tightly, especially at corners, with no space between the wall and moulding. If needed use a caulking that you can paint over. Casings should be thicker than baseboards or the grain of the wood on the baseboard will be visible. ( see photo 1 )


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