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Gracie1975 02-06-2008 10:57 AM

Window case molding
 
We had an addition built on to our house but we're finishing the inside ourselves. The builder installed 3 new vinyl windows in the room and hung and finshed the drywall for us. We're ready to start trimming out the windows and doors with case molding but we've found that the drywall isn't flush with the window jambs. It sticks past the windows about 1/2 inch on 3 sides/corners but is flush with the 4th corner. What is the best way to correct this without having the trim look butchered?

PKHI 02-06-2008 12:14 PM

Have your builder do it since either his framing, or window install was terrible.

Gracie1975 02-06-2008 03:16 PM

Yeah, we thought about that...his answer is just "fill the gap with caulk". When we told him we didn't want it done that way huge arguement ensued and he left the job leaving his key behind. His answer to EVERYTHING is caulk. Not much of a builder in my opinion. Thanks though. :)

rredogg 02-06-2008 05:01 PM

Gracie,
Had a similar problem and after hunting through my handyman books I came up with the solution, at least for me.

If drywall is proud-meaning that it protrudes beyond the jamb its best to shave down the offending drywall protrusions with a "Stanley Surform" (a tool used to shave down drywall). Flush up the surfaces for the drywall and the jamb by shaving away both the paper and drywall. Work a flat tapered surface out as far as you can, but be careful not to plane beyond the finished casing line. Put down a drip cloth for easy clean up.

If you are not familiar with the "surform" just go into any hardware store and ask.

Best of luck with the windows and walls, rredogg

handyman78 02-06-2008 05:53 PM

Your builder either used the wrong width windows or let them stick out too far from the framing. You can probably see the corner of the window sticking out when looking from outside. That Surform tool by the way is used for wood and plastic planing too. It looks like a cheese grater on the cutting surface.

Gracie1975 02-06-2008 08:22 PM

Awesome!! Thanks for the great advice. As soon as my husband gets a day off we'll head to the hardware store!!:thumbup:

AtlanticWBConst. 02-06-2008 08:46 PM

Normal procedure for s/r that is "proud" of the window jambs is to pound it lightly with a hammer to bring the drywall closer to the jamb widths.
Now, on the other hand, 1/2" is ALOT. Also, in 3 areas per window is alot.

Sounds like the windows were installed incorrectly, or the framing was bad, or the sheetrock could need more screws to suck it back into the walls ... ?

PKHI 02-06-2008 11:27 PM

Atlantic, I use the hammer method all the time, (when the homeowners not looking of course.) But that usually only works if the drywalls only sticking out in one corner, and a 1/2"??? Thats pure hackery by the builder.


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