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Should I Caulk Moldings Where No One Will See?

Reader Question

Just a quick question.  I have installed a chair rail.  I caulked the top part but was wondering if I should caulk the bottom part too?  You can see the bottom part when standing, though.  Need an expert advise.


Ken’s Answer

Yes, I would caulk below the chair rail.  No rule says you have to, but let personal pride in your own craftsmanship guide your actions.

The payoff will come some day when a guest in your home comments on the quality of your finish, your attention to detail — even in places people would normally never notice — and you’ll feel a great sense of pride.

Good luck with the chair rail!

Cheers, Ken

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series]

One Response to Should I Caulk Moldings Where No One Will See?

  1. Dave October 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

    Caulk everything! Well within reason. You will one day see that gap under the chair rail and it is all you will see till you repaint that wall. Do it once and do it right.

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