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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Don't Do Casing Like This

Yesterday, when I arrived at a job to do some trimwork I found some very creative door casing to fix. A homeowner had wanted to 'dress up' the rooms a little so they installed decorative fluted casings with rosettes. It wasn't bad except that they put the plinth blocks above the baseboard! (see the picture)

Casing is a term used to describe the trim around a doorway. There are many varieties dependant upon the style and material used.

Plinth Blocks are the decorative piece sometimes found at the bottom of door casings that simulate the base of a column. They should be installed flush to the floor and butt up to the baseboard.

Correcting the casings was no simple task, because it involved taking all of it off and removing quite a bit of baseboard. Thankfully, it wasn't every doorway in the house, but only about 4 in the main living area.

In my next post, I'll talk about the best way to go about removing trim without causing more harm than good...


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