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Our experts will help you master installing trim, crown molding, and baseboard with these articles, and tips.

  1. Finish Carpentry Tips

    Uneven walls, floors and corners are common problems in finish carpentry. These tips from veteran carpenters will show you time-tested solutions.

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  1. Top Trim Carpentry Tools

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    Pro-quality finish work is a lot easier with the right tools—and they don't have to be expensive. Check out a master carpenter's list of must-have hand and power tools.

  2. How to Install Crown Molding: Three-Piece Design

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    Crown molding can be intimidating, because walls often aren't flat and nailing is difficult. Don't worry. This three-piece system solves those problems. Here we'll show you how to install trim on the walls and ceiling first, then add the crown. The three combined look elegant and go up more easily than a single large piece. We'll also walk you through the tricky cuts at corners.

  3. How to Cope Joints

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    The secret for a glove-tight fit for trim corners is a coped joint. With this technique you can even make complex crown moldings fit without leaving gaps. Because inside corners are rarely square, simply butting two mitered pieces into the corner almost always looks lousy. The only foolproof method for great-looking inside corners is cutting a coped joint. This age-old carpenter's trick involves cutting the profile on the end of one molding and fitting it against another like pieces of a puzzle. The resulting joint is easy to file and sand for a perfect fit, even on out-of-square corners. In this article we'll walk you through the key techniques, step by step, and you'll be cutting perfect copes in no time.

  4. How to Use a Trim Nailer Gun

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    Learn to use a trim gun and you'll never want to pound another finish nail. A trim nailer will give you superior results with less effort

  5. Trim Repair: How to Fix and Revive Trim

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    Renew the lustrous appearance of stained and varnished woodwork without the messy stripping process. We show you how.

  6. How to Install Wood Molding

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    A veteran carpenter demonstrates tools and techniques that make trim work faster, better and easier, including mitered joints, wood selection, nailing and creative molding combinations.

  7. Perfect Trim on Doors, Windows and Base Moldings

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    These DIY tips will help you get tight-fitting joints on doors, windows and base moldings, even if your walls are less than perfect. We'll show you how to adjust your cuts so the trim fits together on out-of-square corners and wavy walls. Get out your miter saw and follow these steps, and you'll ...

  8. How to Install Venetian Wall Plaster and Chair Rail Molding

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    Venetian plaster wall texture and urethane moldings are two great ways to create a new look for an ordinary-looking room in just a weekend. We'll show you a step-by-step method for applying the plaster and installing the moldings. It's the perfect way to makeover a room without spending a lot of money.

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