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Old 09-22-2018, 10:52 PM   #1
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Gap between skylight and drywall


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We had new skylights installed along with a new roof. What should I do to cover the gap between the drywall and skylight base?

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Old 09-22-2018, 11:35 PM   #2
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Re: Gap between skylight and drywall


Hard to tell how wide it is from here but you could caulk it, cover it with some kind of molding or fill it with drywall and/or joint compound.
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Re: Gap between skylight and drywall


The largest gap is about 1/2 inch.

Hereís a few close ups of all 4 corners of one of the skylights.




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Re: Gap between skylight and drywall


Many of the skylight holes I've painted had a piece of baseboard [turned upside down] to hide that gap.
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Re: Gap between skylight and drywall


Mine are trimmed in with (I forget the real name) what looks like the top 1.5" of a standard baseboard installed upside down.


Starter strip?
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So if I were to use molding do I nail it in the drywall? It seems a bit brittle especially near the edge. I donít see any wood hiding behind the drywall to nail into.


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There has to be wood on the sides (the rafters), but it may not go all the way up. Using the full 3.25" BB would allow to hit wood somewhere in the height of the board.


Your top and bottom drywall must be nailed or screwed to something. Probe with a pin or call the contractor and ask where the wood is.
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Mine are trimmed in with (I forget the real name) what looks like the top 1.5" of a standard baseboard installed upside down.


Starter strip?



You probably mean base cap.
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Also the plastic trims, whatever that'll work. Drywall uses a U trim or maybe called J trim to cover a cut edge. You can cut off one of the edge and glue it. DAP painter's caulk will work as glue although maybe additional dabs of quick drying caulk or glue to hold position. Panelling section of the hardware may have angle trims. You don't have to use the finish side of the trim as long as it looks finished.
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You probably mean base cap.

No. But that would certainly work.


In trying to find what I meant I decided for a limited skill and tool set that a simple lattice molding might be the better choice as miter cuts not required.


What I mentioned originally was what was used in the parts as a starter strip nailed to the wall for the installation of crown mold in some of the high end homes.
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Would this work?




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Also the plastic trims, whatever that'll work. Drywall uses a U trim or maybe called J trim to cover a cut edge. You can cut off one of the edge and glue it. DAP painter's caulk will work as glue although maybe additional dabs of quick drying caulk or glue to hold position. Panelling section of the hardware may have angle trims. You don't have to use the finish side of the trim as long as it looks finished.





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Those squeeze tubes of caulk work ok for some but I've always found them hard to control [too messy]
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Yes and almost any caulk will work since caulk is an adhesive at the same time. Not silicon in case of a smear and you can't paint over silicon. If using wood trim, may want to drive a couple of brads even into the drywall to hold the position. If using plastic, you could even cut slits into the section so you can follow the frame curves, if the frame is uneven.
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White plastic molding won't be affected by moisture ... and would stay relatively white, and not yellow in the bright light
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