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Old 01-26-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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What tools do you need for installing crown molding?


I already bought a Hitachi 10" 15 amp compound miter saw and ladder, silicone.

What other things do you need to install crown molding? Are there any inexpensive finishing nailers and air compressors worth buying or should I just rent them? Also, how much do they rent for per day?

I was debating on using Focal Point crown molding, but I think learning the proper way to do crown molding will be cheaper in the long run, even with renting power tools since I will be doing 6 rooms and hallways.

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Old 01-26-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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If you intend on using any air tools for future projects then I would suggest you get yourself one. Porter cable is pretty good and reasonably priced right now. But if you only intend to do just your crown molding then see if you can borrow or rent the air tools. Also you will need a coping saw for your crown molding and maybe liquid nails…

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The most important "tool" you'll need is your crown jig.

You'll want to cut it upside down and backwards and you need a jig to always have the crown sitting at the same angle to your fence.
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Miter saw, coping saw, utility knife, scribe, and I prefer a non-air nailer(no hose to drag around). I also use a stud finder to locate studs for nailing the lower edge.

I set a piece fo the crown in position and mark the wall. Set the scribe to that mark and mark all aroubnd the ceiling. This keeps the molding from wandering up/down. Cope all inside joints. Use scrap pieces to fit outside miters(no corner is a true 90deg). Fine tune copes with the knife.
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A round and a flat file also work to fine tune the cope.
Sometimes sandpaper wrapped around a dowel.
Some use a dremel type tool or some type of grinder.

The trick is to backcut enough so you're just shaving and fitting the very edge.
It's a b!t@h when you have to take off the whole backside just to close up a 1/16th inch gap.
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Hey Tazznum1,
I am Gregg from The Home Depot in Chicago. You can usually get a decent air compressor and finish nailer together. Having a small air compressor around is worth it alone. You never realize how much you needed one until you have one.
If you are doing a basic style and size crown moulding there is a product called “perfect cut crown moulding” that is really easy to install. The trim is double sided so you can make all your cuts with your compound miter saw on one setting. I’ve used it recently and loved it. Here are the instructions for it:http://www.homedepot.com/hdus/en_US/...rPad2-5-10.pdf

I hope this helps and good luck!-Gregg

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The most important "tool" you'll need is your crown jig.

You'll want to cut it upside down and backwards and you need a jig to always have the crown sitting at the same angle to your fence.
A jig is great, but do NOT buy the orange clear plastic 'see-through' model. It is made of very brittle plastic, and will snap the very first time you drop it on the floor. Trust me! I broke one twice in the very first day of using it.

Try to get one of the more substantial plastic ones that are made from a more break resistant plastic.

Rockler, (a very good company in my opinion) where I bought that jig, was great and replaced it immediately, 'no questions asked', but I now use it only with a short teather cord tied to my miter saw stand.
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Silicone what?
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Silicone what?
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My thought exactly. Don't use silicone caulk unless you know it accepts paint well. Use an acrylic latex.
The only jig I use is one the DeWalt puts out for their chop saws. It just screws onto the base plate of the saw so that your moulding is seated in the same place each time. I also use a round rasp to fine tune the back cut on the coped ends
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oh yeah, two ladders and a plank too
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After the miter saw (and jig - I built my own crown jig), the finish nailer is the most important tool, IMO. I have a cheap refurb Campbell-Hausfeld that does a fine job for crown. My smaller 3gal Craftsman compressor is not too big to lug around and powers the nailer just fine.

If you are never going to use a compressor or nailer again in life, rent them. If you are going to need to use it twice, buy it. Plus, then you aren't in a rush to finish the project and return the tool.
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For what it's worth, I picked up a Stanley 18-gauge finish nailer & air compressor for $75 at Home Depot.

It was a clearance deal & I figured I couldn't go wrong. Oddly enough, it has been amazingly perfect for certain jobs! The compressor is tiny and very easy to lug around. The nailer is actually (as you know) made by Bostich.

So for the price of renting for a day, I own the tools.
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Here is a site that demonstrates how to cut crown.

http://www.ehow.com/video_4417863_cu...miter-saw.html

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Buy this book: COMPOUNDMITER.COM

It will teach you how to use your saw, measure corners, and Spring Angle

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