While it looks simple enough, installing trim can be a challenge for beginners. The following tips will help you install trim like a pro.
Trim Tip 1: An Assembly Table Can Save Time
It is easier to work with trim if you can do some preassembly for jambs and casings. This will require an assembly table. A broad, sturdy surface is best, so you can lay your work out flat. A table is especially important when installing trim around large windows.
Trim Tip 2: Strengthen Joints by Using a Jack Miter
A jack miter combines a miter joint with a butt joint. It will strengthen the finished structure and reduce wood movement. That means you are less likely to leave gaps during installation.
Trim Tip 3: Create a Pitch Block with Measurements
Create a pitch block and write your angles and measurements on each corresponding side. You can use it to adjust your miter saw. It also works as a handy template for handrails and skirts.
Trim Tip 4: Use Blocks to Apply Pressure to Miter
You need pressure to get a tight fit before the glue dries. An easy way to do this is to take two blocks and cut a 45 degree notch into each. Make sure the grooves are equal distances on each block then clamp or screw into place. Hook a clamp into the notches and tighten.
Trim Tip 5: Talk to a Professional
The most effective way to get perfect trim is to talk to a professional. A seasoned expert can offer suggestions, recommend products, or handle the entire installation for you. Contact or stop by ASA Builders Supply, we are the largest single trim and door shop in the Metro Detroit area.