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Old 01-02-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Crown Molding to ceiling gap question?


Starting to put up Crown molding and finding out that I am left with a substantial gap on one end of the molding when its held up. Around 1/2".
I know I could skim coat the ceiling to level out but at this point I am sick of spackling, sanding,priming and painting.Was thinking about cutting the molding shorter right before it loses its line with the ceiling and then tilt that piece of molding upwards to meet the ceiling line.Can this be done or is this a half a$$ aproach to take?Of coarse I would take into consideration my angles on the scarf joint...This wall is 131" long and I am working with 8ft crown.

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I think it would be best to keep the bottom line of your crown straight.
Will it bend up to the ceiling by the time you get to a corner?
Can you post a picture of the situation?

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I can bend it a hair but not nearly enough.Will post pic tomorrow.
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I don't quite understand you proposal about cutting the moulding shorter but my thoughts are:

scrap the 8' lenghts for a single full length piece, if you have that bad a ceiling , you will never be able to make a splice that will not be an obvious kink to the eye.

pop a straight line on the wall, and keep the botttom edge of the trim straight, as this is the most visible edge to the casual observer.

1/2" is more than you are going to be able to "roll" the crown up to cheat, so I think you are going to have to do some mud work

determine where the low spot is; if it happens to be in the middle of the span, you could cheat 1/4" with rolling the trim, but not if the offending spot is near an end, as sounds like may be your case.
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Went with 8ft because that was stock lenghts for this molding(from lowes).
Reason I was thinking if cuttng shorter was since I couldn't tweak the molding up far enough since my problem is on the end of the piece. Like I said I was really hoping not to do any mud work since I feel like that's all I am doing ever since buying this house. And I hate sanding after the fact.
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Post some pictures of the issue.
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Ok here is a pic. The molding looks a little warped in the pic but that was just my crappy iphone camera doing that little trick.
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What I did was all three.

I used a belt sander to remove a little of the top of the molding.
I bent it ever so slightly.
I filled the gap in the top with caulk.

If you stand in the room and look up at the offending area, you can see that the ceiling is out a little, but most anyone who just walked into the room would never notice.
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In order to cover your gap you can do a two piece molding like the pic’s above…
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Epson,
What kind of paint or paint technique is that on the wall and ceiling in the first picture? Looks really sharp with the moldings.
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Ok here is a pic. The molding looks a little warped in the pic but that was just my crappy iphone camera doing that little trick.
First of all....it's upside down......
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...1/2" is more than you are going to be able to "roll" the crown up to cheat, so I think you are going to have to do some mud work

determine where the low spot is; if it happens to be in the middle of the span, you could cheat 1/4" with rolling the trim, but not if the offending spot is near an end, as sounds like may be your case.
Just remember that if you roll the trim upwards into a corner that your angles are no longer standard.
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Bear in mind that it is dangerous to use the 'measure down' method of installation to give you a line to install to... especially on inside corners. The drywall guys are notorious for 'faking-up' corners right at the 90 degree intersections with extra mud, and this habit can give you fits if you trust their surfaces.

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