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Old 01-28-2008, 07:03 AM   #1
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Trimming Molding

In the house I just purchased there is an a.c. mounted in the wall that has been framed by molding. The outlet would have been covered by the molding so it looks like it was trimmed prior to being mounted. However it was not trimmed enough and it seems they never bothered putting an outlet cover plate on.
I'd like to get the plate on and was wondering what tool might be best for trimming about another half inch or so off the molding above the outlet and next to it? I wanted to do this without having to take the molding off.


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Old 01-28-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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Trimming Molding

About the only tool that can do such is....drum role please:


A little pricey tho, for the average DIYer.

The only alternative is to:

a.) Remove the molding, cut and re-install.

b.) Leaving the molding on the wall: Use a utility knife to score the cuts. Take a very sharp chisel, and go to town. Unfortunately, you are going to make a mess of the molding and possibly crack the drywall.

The proper method is to remove the molding and make your cuts. Personally, I'd buy a matching section of molding, do the cuts, and install after removing the old one.

Good luck!!


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Old 01-29-2008, 08:20 AM   #3
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Atlantic is right.. Best way is to remove the molding and make your cuts.. Why dont you just cut the cover plate instead?
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