Do you have a basement remodel that you need to finish? Maybe thinking about installing wood trim in your home? There are a few items to keep in mind before starting your project. In this blog post, we’ll share tips on how to install wood trim so you can get the best results. Keep reading to learn more!
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Tools needed to install wood trim
Trying to fix up a home is no easy feat, and often requires the right tools for the job. When it comes time to address wood trim around the windows and doors, having the proper tool kit is essential.
From hammering in finishing nails to sanding down scratches, having adequate supplies nearby makes all the difference. Investing in quality tools ahead of time can save you both time and money in the long run while providing better results too.
To remove, repair, or install wood trim, you’ll need special tools. These are some we have found helpful:
- Pink Cordless Brad Nailer BHTOP 20V Nailer＆Stapler Link
- Cordless Brad Nailer, Rechargeable Nail Gun/Staple Gun
- Goldblatt Trim Puller, Removal Multi-Tool
- Titan 17005 2-Piece Stainless Steel Pry Bar Scraper Set
- Basic Coping Hand Saw
If you don’t already have these, we recommend these general household tool kits for most simple handyman work around the house:
- Prostormer 210-Piece Household Tool Kit, No power driver
- FASTPRO 177-Piece 20V Cordless Lithium-ion Drill Driver Home Tool Set
- Lady’s Pink FASTPRO 232-Piece 20V Pink Cordless Lithium-ion Drill Driver and Home Tool Set
Different types of wood trim
Wood trim is the perfect way to add a touch of class and elegance to any room. It’s available in a variety of styles and materials, so it’s sure to fit in with any overall decor.
From basic pine to classic oak to elegant mahogany, wood trim can be used to finish off a wall, frame your windows and doors, or simply provide an eye-catching accent in the room. For an especially luxurious look, consider handcrafted walnut trim – its dark color will certainly draw attention and admiration.
How to measure and cut the trim
Before you start, measure the width of the wall base where the trim will be installed. Use a laser distance measure or tape measure, making sure to account for any inside or outside edges. Then, mark your measurement on the trim with a pencil.
Make sure to measure twice and cut once. When possible you can test fit and mark the trim board along the wall or door frame, so when it’s cut it will fit perfectly.
For inside corners, identify which length of board will be the longest. Cut that inside end straight at 0 degree angle. The other inside angle, on the shorter length board cut along the line that was marked at a 45 degree angle. This gives you a perfect line to cut so the inner corners will be flush. Then use a coping saw to cope out the joint. That way, when you put it up against the other trim board it will fit flush and smooth with no gaps.
For outside corners, use a digital carpentry protractor to find the exact angle. Then cut the trim angle to match the total angle shown. For example if it shows 090.0 then you would cut both angles at 45.0.
After you’ve finished cutting, check that all edges are flush against one another before attaching and securing them in place.
How to install the trim
Once the trim is ready, it’s time to attach it to the wall. If you’re using glue, apply it to the trim before nailing it in place. Start by marking the studs on the wall with a pencil or dry erase marker and then use the brad nailer to attach the trim. Make sure the brads are solid in the stud and the trim is securely in place.
Finishing touches can make all the difference in a home. Use putty to fill and sandpaper to give a smooth finish to any rough areas left behind on your wood trim.
Installing trim may take patience and preparation, but with some focus and effort put into the proper tools, along with careful measuring, cutting, installment and finishing, you’ll create stunning results.
Need some help? One of our area specialties involves trim carpentry. Our team of professionals can work around any type of schedule to get projects done in a timely manner while paying attention to detail and affordability. Contact us today if you want a little help with your wood trim!