When measuring and cutting crown molding, begin in a corner with 45-degree angles and add one-eighth of an inch to any long measurement to allow for cutting room. Measure out and cut pieces of crown molding to polish off a room with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.
Hi, I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to measure and cut crown molding. Now, when we're measuring for crown molding, we want to start in a corner such as this, and our first cut, we go right from the wall, so we want to measure up here, we want to measure from the wall all the way to this corner. In this case, this is forty four and a quarter. And, then I would measure in the next wall that I would want to cut the other way. Now, there's two things you can do, you can either do an inside corner, or we call, what we call a flush corner. If I'm doing the flush corner, then when I bring this other piece in, I'm actually going to cut the molding with the profile using a coping saw, or I can use a miter saw to cut two forty fives to join those together, and whichever way is easier for you is what you want to do. Now, with longer spans such as this, when I take the measurement, what I want to do is I want to take that measurement and I want to add an eighth of an inch to give myself a little bit of room to, when we put that molding up, that we can push it up in there. Now, for shorter runs, such as this, we can cut this pretty accurate. Now, one thing to keep in mind when we're measuring this, we said that's forty four, this is an outside corner, so that forty four and a quarter is going to be to the inside corner of your molding, so you need to keep that in mind when you come over to your miter saw. In this case, this is that outside corner, so as you can see, if we orientate this crown molding to that outside corner then this edge right here is what we measure to, so you need to keep that in mind. So, in other words, this other one, again you would hold the molding against the fence and then you would cut that inside so that this would be your angle and that would be your measurement. O.k, so, it's important when you're measuring and cutting for crown molding, that on your long spans add at least an eighth of an inch so that you don't come up short on your molding and then also you make sure that when you're cutting your molding, that your marks are oriented to the right dimension for either outside or inside cuts. I'm Tim Gipson, that's how to measure and cut for crown molding.
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