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ivanl3 05-31-2010 01:11 PM

Trim not Flush
Despite my contractors best efforts, there are certain areas in which my 1" x 4" hickory trim is not perfectly flush against the drywall behind it. I know cove moulding on top of the 1x4 would cover the gap. But I can't find cove moulding in hickory. I am looking for suggestions to solve this issue.

1. Alternatives to actual hickory for the cove moulding that will match well?
2. Wood putty or caulking in gaps?
3. Other?

Just Bill 06-01-2010 06:57 AM

Walls/ceiling are NEVER flat or straight. Careful nailing can make trim fairly flush and tight, but caulk is usually needed for the final finish. If the trim is painted, a siliconized latex painters caulk is fine, if stained, there are colored caulks available.

oh'mike 06-01-2010 08:16 AM

Walls are never flat--That is why thick,inflexible trims are often used with a second ,thinner flexible trim.

If caulking with a color matching caulk will not work for you---Make the trim your self with a table saw,surface planer and router---or special order the trim made from hickory.

A top trim carpenter will be able to make the trim-on the job or at his shop.----Mike----

Houston_Bldr 06-01-2010 08:46 AM

Trim not flush
Float out the gaps with drywall mud.

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