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How high should the handrail be?

Always check with local codes. Generally, it’s between 30” and 34” from a line measured across the nosing faces of the...

 

I’m going to be carpeting my stair, but have to replace a few of the rises. What kind of board should I use?

A common board to use for this is a 1x8 #2 or #3 pine. You may need to cut it down to...

 

What kind of wood do I need for a stair tread?

You can buy hardwood pieces especially made as stair treads if you plan on having the stair parts exposed and finished nicely. If the stair will be...

 

What are some advantages of polyurethane moldings over wood moldings?

Different products from different manufacturers will vary, so check manufacturer’s material for claims of product performance. Generally,...

 

Are there other options besides brick trim for trimming the doorway of my home?

There are a variety of other trim options that can add a lot of detail to the entranceway. Options include caps or headers over the door, pilasters,...

 

What is the difference between the door sill and the threshold?

The door sill is part of the frame structure of the door and sits under the door jamb. The threshold sits on top of the sill and performs the duty...

 

What does it mean to cope a joint?

To cope a joint means to shape the end of the molding so it fits the profile of the adjoining piece of molding, which can be cut at a 90-degree...

 

I want to put molding around a curved window in my house. Can I get molding that is curved?

You might want to try a cellular PVC molding that is flexible enough to be run around curved openings, like your...

 

I’ve heard you should let molding sit a couple of days before installing. Why?

It is advisable to climatize your moldings by letting them sit for 48 hours in the room where they will be installed. Wood moldings, and even MDF...

 

How wide of a molding should I buy for my home?

It all depends on personal preference. As a rule, wider moldings make a room look smaller. You may want to avoid wide moldings unless you have large...

 
 
 


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