Remodeling projects emphasize indoor work in the colder months, and many remodelers are focusing their efforts on interior projects such as trim. Paslode, a leading manufacturer of fastening products, has identified five common problems encountered by trim carpenters and has provided tips on how to avoid those problems. They are as follows:

1.  Difficulty accessing tight spaces

To ensure a perfect fit when cutting trim for tight spaces, place the trim where it will be installed, but put it in backwards and mark on the back of the board before cutting and installing. Then, install the sideboard in the tightest corner first before moving onto other edges.

2. Damaging delicate wood

When working with delicate wood, it is important to use brad nailers and nails designed for the delicate applications.

3. Fatigue from overhead work

Innovations in engine technology and ergonomics have enabled companies to design lightweight, compact and well-balanced tools that can reduce fatigue.

4. Exposed end grain

If a piece of molding must end abruptly, cut a return to eliminate the grain and continue the design around the end.

5. Lost time due to improper planning

When trimming a room, sequence of installation is important. If planned correctly, remodelers can do a faster, neater job and minimize the number of perfect cuts and coped joints that need to be made.

Mirnahini Jeganathan is a Product Manager at

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