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How to Fix Gaps in Molding

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by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Molding is used in many parts of the home, such as near ceilings, floors, windows and doors. There are a number of reasons why molding is used, but the main reason is because it enhances the overall look of the home.

A wall with molding will not look the same as one without molding, because there is a significant difference in the look. Similarly, a window will be more attractive from the inside if there is a molding to showcase it. In terms of windows, the molding is used to hide all the junk that actually gets the window to stay as is.

Overtime, molding will begin to leave cracks around the edges where they join, and today, we will be taking a look at how it can be fixed.
For this job, you will need scissors, caulk, water, gloves and a towel. Once you’ve got your utensils in order, we can begin. First, examine the gap that has formed on the molding. Is the gap between two pieces of molding or is it between the wall and the molding? The solutions for both problems are different, so we will consider both problems below.

Gap between Two Molding Pieces

If you notice that there is a gap between two pieces of molding, the fix is actually very simple. Begin by loading the caulk tube into the caulk gun and get it ready. If you are using a brand new caulk tube, you will need to squeeze a few times to actually get the solution to come to front of the tube.

Wear your gloves and make sure the tip of the finger has a little moisture. Hold the tube in a forty-five degree angle and squeeze while you pull it across. This should leave a strip of caulk on the gap. With your finger, try to get the caulk into the opening. Make sure that you are putting in enough caulk without having too much on the excess. Finish off with removing the excess caulk and cleaning the surface off with water.

Gap Between the Wall and Molding

If the molding was not installed properly, it will begin to leave gaps in-between the walls. To get it back in place, simply push it against the wall and use a staple gun to hold it down. You could use wood putty to finish the edge between the molding and wall.

When the putty dries up, it would harden to provide a sticking solution. However, in most cases, using a staple gun on the molding will help to keep it fit.

Updated: September 12, 2013 — 8:47 pm

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