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Old 11-18-2006, 08:57 AM   #1
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What is the best method for attaching crown molding to walls which have metal studs? I don't had a compressor and nailer and will have to use a good ol' hammer. What size finish nail should I use to eliminate splitting the molding? Thanks for the advice.

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Take a 2x4 and rip it on a 45 deg. down the middle to get two wedge looking strips. Test the 45 deg. strip to make sure it fits behind the crown in the corner of the ceiling/wall. If not cut them again until it fits.

Then cut them in blocks about 8-10 in. Screw the blocks every 16-18 in. around the room making sure there is one where every seam will be in the crown. Use long 2 1/2 to 3" self taping screws for metal studs.

Mark where the blocks are below where the crown molding will fit. Then you can use finish screws to screw the crown to the blocks. It is a lot easier to attach the crown to wood blocks than trying to attach the crown to studs.

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Take a 2x4 and rip it on a 45 deg. down the middle to get two wedge looking strips. Test the 45 deg. strip to make sure it fits behind the crown in the corner of the ceiling/wall. If not cut them again until it fits.

Then cut them in blocks about 8-10 in. Screw the blocks every 16-18 in. around the room making sure there is one where every seam will be in the crown. Use long 2 1/2 to 3" self taping screws for metal studs.

Mark where the blocks are below where the crown molding will fit. Then you can use finish screws to screw the crown to the blocks. It is a lot easier to attach the crown to wood blocks than trying to attach the crown to studs.

hope you understood this.
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how do you attach wood moulding to a condo with metal studs??
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how do you attach wood moulding to a condo with metal studs??
Read post number two in this thread. Perfect instructions.
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how do you attach wood moulding to a condo with metal studs??
If not using blocking, you can use these (trim head screws): http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyId=5241

They are fined thread and will attach solidly to metal framing. They also have a very small head, similar to a finish nail.

These are the standard fasteners for the type of installation you are asking about.

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If you do go the route of installing the wood blocking, be sure to check the measurement of it. Ultimately, you want the upper face of the molding flush with the ceiling, and the lower face flush with the wall. If your block is too big (the square sides being too long), this will push your molding out into the room and create gaps.

Take your time and do it right.
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thank you for the link. visual helps
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I was attaching window moulding, not crown, so the blocks did not apply.
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Also, regarding the attachment method (nailer, hand nailing, etc.) I was going to hire a contractor to do mine, but everyone was busy for my timeframe, so I bought a refurbished Dewault 18Ga angled finish nailer (cordless). And it works great!!! I can not imagine how much time it has saved me. Just a thought!!!

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