How to Install Wood Crown Molding | Ask This Old House

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This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for installing decorative crown molding. (See below for shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Install Wood Crown Molding:
Primed wood crown molding []
2-inch nails for 18-gauge pneumatic nailer [], for fastening crown molding
Carpenter’s glue [], to glue scarf joints
Acrylic-latex caulk [], to seal coped joints
Construction adhesive [], to adhere molding to brick or concrete-block walls
Wood putty [], for filling nail holes
High-gloss latex paint [], for the crown molding

Tools List for How to Install Wood Crown Molding:
Chalk reel filled with white chalk [], for snapping layout lines onto the walls
Stud finder [], for locating wall studs
Compound miter saw [], to cut crown molding
Pneumatic 18-gauge finishing nailer [] and air compressor [], for nailing up crown molding
Coping saw [], to cut coped joints
Caulk gun []
Putty knife [], for applying wood putty
2-inch sash brush [], for painting crown molding
Cotton cloth [], for wiping off excess glue and caulk

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