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Friday, June 14, 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask Part 31!

We didn't get the surprise-in-a-box done yesterday, so you're about to be subjected
to how I actually spent my Thursday.
Crawling around on the floor looking for gaps and nail holes.
Here at
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask!
we are straight up party animals.
 As the trim gets closer to being finished, we need to get it ready to paint.
We're putting a this strip of trim on the plain 1x4 baseboards to cap it.
 But what do you do about these weird little holes left by the finishing nails?
 Behold the nail set, your Tool of the Day.
 If one of these little nails isn't sufficiently sunk into the trim,
position the nail set over it...
...tap a couple of times with a hammer...
 ...and you have a dimple you can fill with wood putty...
 ...which is this stuff.
 You'll also need this putty knife.
Make sure when you procure one that the blade has some give.
You want it slightly flexible, not stiff.
 Keep the knife clean with a scraper so the edge is sharp.
 Okay, let's get busy.
 The stuff is a little like whipped peanut butter.
 Scoop up a dot of it on your finger and rub it right into the hole.
 Bring that dimple up flush with the surface of the moulding.
 Add a little more if need be.
 Smooth it down with the knife.
 Pay attention to any grooves and contours.
 And those gaps in the corners?
This easy little trick makes all imperfections just disappear.
"Putty and paint will make it what it ain't!"
Sanding and painting comes next...

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