How to adjust door trim/moulding

Old 10-29-05, 07:49 PM
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How to adjust door trim/moulding

I had a carpenter hung five of my interior doors for me. Those are prehung doors with standard trims which I don't like.

I like the simple plain trim with no decorative patterns on it. I have seen those in many industrial places where it is just a wide strip (painted) of four or six inch strip that goes up and across and back down, done such that there is no seam between them and I can't tell if they are jointed at 45 degrees or butt jointed.

I am wondering how I can do the same.

I assume I can just buy some 4" hardwood strips at may be about 1-1/2 inch thick and cut them to size. I experiemented a bit and realized I have problems.

First, the doors were hung and some are level and some are not. Two of the doors when plumbed and leveled, when the door closes, the lock does not close (click), so the carpenter pushed and tucked and shimmed until they close properly, only they are no longer perfectly level. Also the walls are not perfectly straight and even, so when I lay a strip of trim against the edge, it is not perfectly level either. So the strip the runs top to bottom and the strip on top going across, they do not meet where they will align perfectly.

So how do I get these trim to align? and how can I paint them such that the joints are not noticeable? Is it supposed to be 45 degree joint even for a plain flat trim?

Thanks in advance,

Old 10-30-05, 01:23 PM
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You can butt the joints at the corners if you use pocket screws in the back side. (A Kreg pocket jig and drill bit is about $20). The side pieces of trim will butt into the top piece of trim, and if you screw it together with pocket screws, then belt sand the face until its smooth, the joint will practically disappear once it's painted. If you make it the correct size when you screw it together, all you'll have to do is nail it on, caulk the edges (if it doesn't meet the jamb) and touchup with paint.

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