door & window trim

Old 11-07-01, 02:03 AM
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I have a door and two windows that have been installed in a cellar. The installer installed them and never did any trim. The owner asked me to finish it. I was wondering what options I have for this? The cellar is a poured concrete foundation. Any suggestions would be a great help!!

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Old 11-08-01, 06:14 AM
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You will probably want to use a moulding called "brick moulding". When they windows and the door were installed in the concrete, there should be some pressure treated 2x members (bucks) around the openings. If they have been put in, the installation is real straigh forward. Most trim is installed with about a 1/4 reveal. If you have a combination square, set the blade for 1/4 inch and use it to draw some line on the door and window frames. At the corners, be real careful that you mark the intersection for these lines. First the door. Take a piece o the brick moulding and put a square cut on one end using a mitre box. Stand the piece up to the line marks that you made on the side of the frame. At the intersection of the lines at the top of the frame, make a mark. This is where you will cut a 45 degree mitre on the piece using the mitre box. nail that piece up to the door frame by lining up the edge of the moulding with the marks on the door frame. Do the same on the other side of the frame. To do the top, make a 45 degree mitre on one end of the moulding, take it to the top of the door and hold the piece upside down. Where the point of the mitre is on the top piece, hold that to the tip of the mitre on the side piece. If you look on the other side moulding, just mark the line where the moulding meets the point of the mitre on that side and cut the mitre.

If the bucks are there, use a 8d galvanized finish nail to attache the moulding to the bucks. If they aren't there, I would eleiminate the 1/4 inch reveal and cut the moulding to set flush with the inside edge of the frames. If this is the case, I would probaly use some construction adhesive and some 6d finish nails that are installed in some predrilled pilot holes to avoid splitting the frames.

Do the same for the windows.

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