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woodmeistera1
Why space at top of crown?

In many older home I have seen crown molding installed with a narrow gap between the crown and the ceiling. It was done deliberately because the gap is uniform. Why is it there? I have a couple theories but would like an educated answer if someone has it. Could settling/separation problems be counteracted by leaving the gap? Or is it just a design idea?

A. Spruce
Re: Why space at top of crown?

In days of old, a "picture rail" was installed with a gap from the ceiling, from which pictures were hung. I've seen the gap anywhere from the top of a door jamb to within 1" of the ceiling.

woodmeistera1
Re: Why space at top of crown?

A. Spruce, thanks for the thought and picture. Looks like that is the reason for the gap. Makes sense since older home were usually full 3/4" plaster which makes driving nails for pictures pretty tough and eliminates the holes left in the wall when you move the picturs.

Hugh

calcats
Re: Why space at top of crown?

Good answer A.Spruce, I never knew that information. I keep learning more and more from these threads.

Calcats ;)

A. Spruce
Re: Why space at top of crown?

Glad to have helped.

KCPumpkinStalker
Re: Why space at top of crown?
A. Spruce wrote:

Glad to have helped.

Now get over here and help me! :D

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A. Spruce
Re: Why space at top of crown?
KCPumpkinStalker wrote:

Now get over here and help me! :D

http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=10817

I would, but it's gonna cost ya! ;):p

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