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#1 posted 07-06-2014 08:15 PM

Crown molding is an art; at least it is when ceiling/wall surfaces are very irregular. For the standard 8’ ceiling height, I wouldn’t go much wider than 2”. Tall ceilings, 10’ and taller can look better with wider moldings. I think backer boards are the way to go. They can be sculpted a lot easier than the crown molding. Caulk will correct any gaps, as long as they are not to wide. You usually see crown moldings used in expensive custom built homes. The owners will be very critical about molding appearance. That is why I say one needs a good bit of skill to do it well. Crown molding requires much manual working to get it right. A $500 compound sliding miter saw alone will not guarantee a perfect job. It requires lots of shaping, coping and odd angles. The largest gaps will occur where the drywall panels meet. The drywall compound (mud) will keep the molding from sitting flush with the surface. I have noticed some will sand the mud down in way of the molding to remove the “hump” When the molding sits as flush as it can the less caulking will be necessary.

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