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 Post subject: Gap under Door Casings
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:43 pm 
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Just got some hardwood flooring done. Under all the door casings, there is a gap between the casing and the hardwood floor. It is about a little less than a 1/4 of an inch. The contractors tried to seal it using caulk, but it doesn't look so great in my opinion. Any ideas on how to get rid of gap and make it look good?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:58 pm 
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Was it the flooring contractor trying to fix the problem that he created with a bad jamb cutting habbit? I would ask them to hire a good painting contractor to fix it. If the painter can't then pehaps making them hire a good trim carpenter to replace your moulding and then a good painter to paint it. Either way I think if your floor contractor did not take care to make clean flush jamb cuts then the expense of fixing it will keep it from happenig to the next guy and will train another floor contractor to not give the rest of us a bad name.... 8)

If the trim was already up too high before he got there to install the wood then I'd start by finding the good painte etc.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:04 pm 
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Thanks for the information and replying.

The door trim was already too high before the contractors got there. What would a good painter do to fix it? Would they fill it in with something?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:29 am 
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A good painter would know a better filler or caulking style product to use and how to carefully mask for it so as not to get it on the floor/trim etc.

That's in a tricky spot. If you are good with masking tape you could fill it yourself and paint if needed.

If you get a filler that hardens then you'll need to be handy with sharp razor blade to sculpt it if need be and a little detail sanding then paint. Could be a bit of a chore. 3-4 doors could be a full days work and a following day for paint touch up .....

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I hate it when the casings are already too high. Makes it look like I screwed up cutting the doorjambs.


It can be fixed, but not by just globbing in caulking, and it is time consuming.

Taping off the floor and a 6" wide putty knife, are going to be handy tools.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:59 am 
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Thanks for the advice, I have a painter coming in 30 mins, Ill ask him about it. If not, I know of a guy who could probably do a really good job.


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My opinion as a trim carpenter would be to replace the casing.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:12 pm 
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MSLiechty wrote:
My opinion as a trim carpenter would be to replace the casing.

Michael


I agree. A lot of time can be spent on making the jambs look good when replacing would be faster, better and maybe less expensive over the long haul..

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:54 pm 
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We filled the gaps with wood filler and then sanded it down. It doesn't look too bad. Thanks everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: Gap under Door Casings
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:50 pm 
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I had the same problem when I removed my carpet. For anyone else who has this problem in the future google "casing kickers". That may be a good option for you.


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