crown molding length question


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Old 11-17-09, 08:35 AM
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crown molding length question

Hi,

I am prepared to install crown molding in a room. The wall lengths are roughly about 9 and 10 feet. Lowes and HD sell crown in lengths of 8 and 12 feet. I can't transport the 12 foot lengths in my car, only the 8. Is it advisable to had a scarf joint on each wall? Or is that crazy and I should just find a way to transport the 12 foot lengths?

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Old 11-17-09, 09:23 AM
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I'm a painter not a carpenter but I've painted/stained miles of crown moulding. It always looks best if you can avoid having joints in the run. It is easier to make a painted joint disappear than a stained joint. I'd figure out a way to bring the longer mouldings home. Got any friends with a truck or van?
 
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Old 11-17-09, 10:37 AM
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Lots of ways to transport 12' pieces..ever see how kids transport pole vaulting poles to school? I strapped a 16' garage door panel to the side of my vehicle once, no problem.

Take 2 towels, close the hood on one and the trunk on another, or use the doors, to form a loop tightly around the crown.. Have the ends shrink wrapped by the store so they won't slide out, then secure it so it won't "flap" as you drive.

No pass through from the trunk to the pass compartment? So what if some sticks out. Flag the end and secure it as mentioned..I carry 10" pieces in my Suzuki Verona all the time, with just a foot or 2 exposed. Make sure to protect the dash and such.
 
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Old 11-17-09, 04:01 PM
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Be sure to wrap the ends with plastic wrap (usually available at the store) or tape. It will keep them from slapping and shattering, thereby wasting some of your purchase.
 
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Old 11-17-09, 04:21 PM
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Well jeez Larry...didn't I say that? Not enough emphasis I guess? LOL

It was pretty cool to see the sheet of 4 x 8 1/4" melamine disintegrate from the top of my Suburban though...that was an expensive lesson.
 
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Old 11-17-09, 04:31 PM
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When you guys start talking about loading stuff on top of a car, it always makes me think of that internet photo of the little compact car loaded with about 30 sheets of plywood and about 150 2x4 studs, with string wrapped around the car about 100 times. As you might imagine the back bumper was dragging on the ground and the rear struts probably had shot up out the top of the frame.

Of course, four pieces of 12' crown would be a cakewalk compared to that. LOL
 
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Old 11-17-09, 05:19 PM
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For a while doing home repair all I could afford was a $350 honda hatch back, Built a 4"2" wide X 10' long by 1' deep box out of scrap wood and bolted it to the top with 2x4 stabilizers bolted to the fenders. Not suggesting that just suggesting there is always a way.
 
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Old 11-17-09, 05:43 PM
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Ray! Was that your car in the photo??? LOL

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Old 11-18-09, 03:33 AM
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I was reading too fast, GG. I just was at big orange yesterday morning and a lady had 10 sticks of molding strapped to the top of her car and was ready to pull out when I politely stopped her and asked if she minded that I tape the ends of her molding. After explaining, she was very appreciative. Even went in and got me another cup of coffee.
 
 

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