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Old 09-24-2011, 08:31 AM   #16
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:54 AM   #17
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Looking at the end of the piece which is still attached, and by the intricate detailing, I would say this is styrofoam molding. It could be some form of a "plaster" molding which is not used in this area that I know of. Never-the-less: The molding does appear to have been installed with some form of "glue" to hold it in place. NOT sufficient In My Opinion. There should have been some nailing done, and the nails should have gone into the framing behind the top of the wall and some of the ceiling joists. I'd say clean off the back side of this molding, clean off the wall where it fits, nail and glue this back into place. Trim all edges out with caulk, and strike the caulk for a good look. Yes, it should be the landlords problem, but this is something the renter should be able to handle and would probably get it done sooner than the landlord will.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #18
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In post #9 he says it weighs 10-20 lbs.

Styrofoam molding only weighs about 10 ozs.

If it is plaster how does he nail it without the chance of breaking it? Is there a way to do that? I think the original poster is an admitted novice, and I would think if he tries to nail it, he will miss and crack it.

While the renter may be able to get it done faster... let's say it doesn't hold and lands on someone's head.

Who is responsible?

Unfortunately you have to look at it like that. Not to mention the cost of repair is not the renter's responsibility, unless he was swinging from it, which he wasn't.

You pay rent for a reason, get the landlord involved to fix it.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:35 AM   #19
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It's so simple....the landlord has to have it fixed...ASAP!!, not the renter. Even if the landlord for some crazy reason told the renter that he could fix it and pay him to fix it...the renter should not do that because he is responsible.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone for the info, just wanted to give an update. Landlord took full responsibility to fix it and was pretty quick about it too. Ended up putting it back up using caulking, and then pre-drilled the molding and screwed it in to each wall stud. The molding was in fact plaster and was installed before the landlord bought the house, so who knows how old it was.
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