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Forum topic by trevorlamont posted 01-16-2018 11:02 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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trevorlamont

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01-16-2018 11:02 PM

Hey guys, I’m building a mantel and come to find out I didn’t frame the wall perfectly straight. I am painting the mantel but I need advice on how you guys would fill the gap. I’ve considered caulk but I’m worried it will look bad. I’ve read about how people will use spackle. I attached a picture. Thanks for the advice!!

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#1 posted 01-16-2018 11:14 PM

I had the same issue with a mantel, and I scribed the mantel to the wall for a tight fit. Just run a carpenters pencil against the wall, and mark the line on your project. Then belt sand it to fit.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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trevorlamont

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#2 posted 01-16-2018 11:19 PM

Wow, that’s a great recommendation. I should have posted here first. So the problem I have is 1. I don’t have a belt sander. That is on my list of tools I need still for sure. 2. The bigger problem.. I already secured the mantel top.. slap my forhead


I had the same issue with a mantel, and I scribed the mantel to the wall for a tight fit. Just run a carpenters pencil against the wall, and mark the line on your project. Then belt sand it to fit.

- pintodeluxe


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#3 posted 01-16-2018 11:35 PM

You might look at running a small piece of moulding across the back. I’d rather do that than caulk it.
Gerald

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 11:43 PM



You might look at running a small piece of moulding across the back. I d rather do that than caulk it.
Gerald

- alittleoff


+1 Better to creatively hide the mistake rather than try to patch it with less than the desired results.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Luthierman

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#5 posted 01-17-2018 01:03 AM

You can also remove the drywall from the footprint of the mantle as well and it will sink right back in the hole.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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Clarkswoodworking

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#6 posted 01-17-2018 01:09 AM

As a journeyman drywall taper I would have to say mud it
I wish I was close I would come whip it out for you !

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#7 posted 01-17-2018 03:43 AM



I wish I was close I would come whip it out for you !

- Clarkswoodworking


Now, wait a minute…

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#8 posted 01-17-2018 03:44 AM

if your painting it BONDO :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 01-17-2018 03:56 AM

I wish I was close I would come whip it out for you !

- Clarkswoodworking

Now, wait a minute…

- Ripper70

“Excuse me while I whip this out” — Blazing Saddles

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#10 posted 01-17-2018 05:27 AM

The right way to do this is to scribe it to the wall. (Too late to detach, scribe, and re-attach?). second best is to mud the wall and repaint (mask off the mantle first.). Third, Bondo.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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ScottM

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#11 posted 01-17-2018 01:53 PM

+1 for adding trim.

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#12 posted 01-17-2018 02:27 PM

id go trim or scribe it. bondo or mud i think wouldnt be wise as wood moves and the two of those would eventually crack.
but then again i have the same problem with my mantel. i dont notice it unless im cleaning the mantel.

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bbasiaga

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#13 posted 01-17-2018 02:39 PM

Pretty sure some genius of days gone by invented quarter round trim for things just like this….:)

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#14 posted 01-17-2018 07:49 PM

Scribe, remove, fit it properly, reinstall. You know that’s what should be done.

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 01-17-2018 07:56 PM

Trim would spoil the look – especially if you’re going for a floating shelf look. It’s already been said and I second, scribing the wall or mudding the hollow. If you mud the hollow, add some plaster of Paris powder to the mix.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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