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The Professional Basement Finishing Edge

I'll be the first to admit that anyone can complete a basement finishing project, however completing your home remodeling project with the quality finish that you deserve requires a professional edge.
One way you can get the professional edge when completing your basement finishing project is using the method of coping interior miters.
What does it mean to cope interior miters? When baseboard or another type of trim (such as chair rail or crown molding) goes into a corner, you are going to have a corner where two individual pieces of trim come together.
The trick is to get these two pieces of trim to go together in a manner that they look like one continuous piece of trim.
The way to do this is to cope-cut this inside joint.
The oft-used method of mitering both pieces of trim, jamming them into the corner, and then simply nailing them to the wall is not good enough for your basement finishing project.
Because of how drywall corners have to be done, no wall corner is exactly 90°, or 45°, or whatever the supposed angle may be.
Also, because even 1/32" in length can ruin the alignment of the joints, you can expect a very noticeable gap in the miter joint of your trim.
Many installers are o.
with this gap.
Just caulk and paint over it they say.
However, very soon after caulking and painting, changes in temperature and humidity will cause that caulking to shrink leaving a noticeable gap in your miter joint.
Let's face it, when you pay good money for something like a basement finishing project, methods that give you a professional edge are important to you.
Cope-cutting is a method of cutting inside corners, whereby one uncut piece of trim extends all the way into the corner, and a cut is made on the other piece of trim to match the profile of the one already in the corner.
When the second piece of trim is slid into the first, any gap almost entirely disappears, allowing for a beautiful finish after paint.
Why don't more people cope their inside corners? Simple, it takes more time.
But some things are simply worth the wait.
This technique can be used anywhere you the trim in your basement finishing project has an inside corner.
Wainscots, drink ledges, crown molding, etc.
, all have inside corners which should almost always be coped.
Give your basement finishing project that "Professional Edge" and make sure your contractor understands you require inside miters to be coped.
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