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How to Install Mouldings

Submitted by: Woody Wall on November 25, 2011

moulding installation

How to Install Mouldings

  • We recommend prefinishing the mouldings before installing.
  • Install the moulding piece by piece, working your way around the room, leaving the nail heads exposed to allow for any repositioning.
  • Avoid nailing the last 2 to 3 inches in each piece to avoid splitting. Nail in the curved or cove part of the moulding to better hide the nail holes.
  • Nail mouldings into wood studs or jambs. Any good quality finishing nail properly counter sunk works well.
  • C-clamps should be used to secure the moulding in the mitre box for more accurate cuts. Always use scrap wood between the clamp and the moulding to prevent surface damage.