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Home Improvement  /  September 25, 2017

How To Flawlessly Install Window Trims

Window trims are key to weathertight and stylish windows. They seal the gaps while adding stunning dimension to your rooms. Installing them can be tricky, however, since it requires an eye for accuracy. Fortunately, you can do this without the help of a tape measure. Handyman Connection of Matthews discusses how:

Top

Start by cutting a 45-degree angle on one end of the trim and hold it so that the short end of the angle extends halfway over the jamb. Then mark the other end flush with the inside of the jamb to get a 3/16-inch reveal.

Get the spacing correct by holding the trim 3/16 inches away from the jamb at both ends and along the base. Attach the trim into the jamb using 1-inch brad nails spaced about every 6 inches. You may then fasten the bulky part of the trim to the framing with 2-inch brad nails.

Sides

Once you’ve checked the fit of the side trims, cut a 45-degree miter on one end of the board. Adjust the miter if necessary then scribe the cut length 3/16 inches past the bottom of the jamb. Do the same with the top piece; nail the trim onto the jamb then to the framing. For a solid finish, glue and pin the miter from both directions together with 1-inch brad nails. Repeat the same methods on the other side of the window.

Bottom

For the bottom part, get a long piece of trim to accurately fit both sides of the miter. Overlap the far end to check the fit. After marking your measurements, recut and adjust the miter as needed until you’re satisfied with the joint.

With the saw still set for the previous miter,  flip the trim over and scribe the length for the end that has the miter. Transfer the mark to the front side and cut it.

Handyman Connection of Matthews is always ready to provide assistance if you need help with window trim installation. You can also count on us for other home improvement projects. Call us today at (704) 246-4411 or complete our contact form to get a free estimate.

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