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  1. #1
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    Default Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    Well along my way into my first renovation..
    I have demo'd all the upstairs plaster walls to add insulation then put up 1/2" drywall.

    Issue being that before with the lathe and plaster had a depth of 3/4".
    So now im going to put back up my trim.. and (shocker) the trim sits 1/4" off the wall.

    What are my options here?
    strip a piece of plywood and shim behind the trim and try to get it to match the stain?
    PLease dont say caulk..

    Any help is appreciated!
    Thanks !

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    Choices for painted trim;

    1- Backer rod & Caulk. easiest, fastest.
    2- Custom cut shims, filled with wood filler, sanded, primed, then painted to match.

    FOr stained trim:

    1- Custom cut shims, stained to match

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    when you do your next room, after stripping the walls and lathe, save a bunch of the lathe pieces. use the pieces of lathe to shim out the studs. floor to ceiling put a piece of lathe on each and every stud with a finish nailer. then you can put your 1/2" drywall on top of the lathe and it should be much closer to the correct depth.

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    I usually do as MLB described, I think it's better than what Houston described (which is second best).

    Actually, if you haven't taped your first wall yet, remove the drywall (you used screws, didn't you), extend the studs by 1/4" (HD has cardboard pieces, 1-1/2"x48"x1/8" for this purpose - look in the paint dept)).

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    i don't know if H.D. sells them but i can buy bundles of lathe at my lumber yard.

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    Thanks for the responses !

    MLB and DJ
    I have ALLLLL of my walls hung and finished..........
    Didn't really dawn on me that i was going to have this issue.


    So that leaves me with Houston's suggestion of
    1- Custom cut shims, stained to match

    Which sounds ..awful! .. ha but if that's my only option.
    I hope its not too obvious.
    I'll try one , snap and picture, and report back.
    Last edited by NotchIt; 02-20-2014 at 01:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    take your time and do it right the first time, i'm sure you don't want to do it twice. good luck and report back to us

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    Default Re: Gap between my Door / Window Trim and the wall... help!

    just a suggestion. prior to putting up the trim, cut your shims and add them to the trim by gluing them on. then sand it smooth and install the trim around the window. it will be much less frustrating and look better.

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