Quick Tips

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Test Paint to Find Molding Proportions

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] Fill In the Blanks With Paint When you want to make absolutely sure you’ve got the right molding proportion — like the height of a wainscoting or the width of…

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Making Two Pieces of Flat-Stock Flush With Each Other

Note: The tip is for those of us who don’t own a biscuit joiner. [This is part of our How to Install Moldings series and Our Molding Makeover Updates.] Here’s how I deal with a butt joint that won’t stay…

Our Molding Makeover Updates, Quick Tips

Bang, Bang, Psssssssh! Wet Walls & Stud Finders

Think Before you Hammer I drove the nail through the baseboard with one final, satisfying whack.  And then I heard a faint hissing sound. Pressing my ear to the wall I listened in disbelief. Sure enough, the sound was coming…

Quick Tips

Molding Buying Tip: Turn it Over Before You Buy!

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] The problem: Exactly the Same Only Completely Different You hand-pick a batch of moldings that you think are all exactly alike, but when you try to splice two pieces together,…

Ask Ken, Crown Molding, Quick Tips

How Do I Blend a Crown Molding Scarf Joint? Part I

[This is part of my How to Install Crown Molding Series.] PJ is installing crown molding in his small New York City apartment. His question is about splicing two pieces of crown molding together. PJ’s scarf joint. Dear Ken: I stumbled…