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Old 04-02-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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I installed trim around a passageway between foyer and dining room. I the top molding with 1x6 and crown, an idea I saw in a book. I forgor what it is called. Anyway that came out very nice. The problem is the ceiling and floor are not level at all. When I built the jamb I leveled it and made sure it is plumb. After I finished the trimming work , I noticed the ceiling an top molding nor level. Why? I just can't fix it to adjust for unlevel wall and ceiling. Please help.

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Old 04-02-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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Post a photo or two of the issue so we can see what's going on.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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Hi everyone,

. The problem is the ceiling and floor are not level at all. When I built the jamb I leveled it and made sure it is plumb. After I finished the trimming work , I noticed the ceiling an top molding nor level. Why?
You just answered you own question. if the ceiling is not level and you install a piece of trim (This style is referred to as cabinet head and was typical of many older houses and very specific to the craftsman style of design) that is level, it obviously will not be parallel with the unlevel ceiling.

Without seeing the specific situation, here are a few general points:
Is the whole ceiling out of level, or could it just be a dip or sag in
a bad location. If so, it could possibly be floated out.
Is it a reasonable amount...you could use a combination of slightly
cheating the jamb reveal and/or cutting the top head board so it is
slightly tapered, but not enough to be noticable to the casual
observer.
You could take a tiny bit off the height of the "tall" jamb, and the
actually hang the door unit a little out of plumb if it does not have a
close by plumb wall or corner for reference. This would eliminate
having to cut the top of the door out of square, which could be
pretty obvious on a panel style door with a narrow top rail.

All imperfect solutions, but this is the kind of things that trim carpenters deal with every job, and it just becomes a matter of an experienced eye
knowing what, where, and how much you can cheat stuff before it becomes eye catching.

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