Fixing gaps between moulding and walls

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Problem: I have purchased a unique crown molding for my dining room,but the walls are not straight and there are gaps where the moulding butts upwith the wall. How can I correct this?

 

Answer: This is a fairly common problem when trimming out olderhouses. I'll assume you've nailed into every stud, and that the depressions arebetween studs. If the gaps are fairly small, say, 3/8'' or less, you can primethe molding and then caulk the gaps before applying your finish coats of paint.If the gaps are larger, you may want to do some work on the walls themselvesbefore putting up your crown molding -- Ken Holmes, OHW .

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