Ask This Old House TV // Season 8 // Episode 18

Ask TOH | Foam Crown Molding, Fence Post

General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of homeowners in Houston, Texas install crown molding in their bedroom using an innovative fastening system. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger and Kevin head outside to replace a rotting cedar fence post.

Installing Foam Crown Molding
Tom traveled to Houston, Texas to help a pair of homeowners dress up their bedroom ceiling by installing crown molding. Instead of wood, Tom used molding made out of polyurethane foam, which weighs less and is more dimensionally stable than wood. The molding also came with a special type of fastening system that requires no nails. Instead, plastic brackets are screwed into the top plate of the wall, up against the ceiling. The molding then snaps onto these brackets, making for an easy one-person job. For the corners, Tom used a compound miter saw and a special device used for transferring the angle of the corner directly to the saw for a perfect cut.

Where to Find It?
Tom installed crown molding made of polyurethane foam with special mounting brackets.

Manufacturer: Focal Point Products, Inc.

Molding: Classic Egg & Dart (product #23135)
Mounting brackets: Quick Clips (product #21105)

Tom used a special gauge that gave him a perfectly-bisected angle for each corner, which he was able to transfer directly to his compound miter saw.

Miter saw: Kapex KS 120, product #561287.
Angle gauge: Miterfast Angle Transfer Device, product #494370.

What Is It?
Tom showed a device that used an electric drill to remove nails from wood.

Where to Find It?
The Cordless Drill Nail Puller

Replacing a Rotted Fence Post
Roger and Kevin headed outside to replace a rotten cedar fence post. They removed the old post, being careful not to damage the surrounding fence. Roger then replaced it with another post that he obtained from a local supplier who had a few grey-colored, weathered-looking posts sitting outside. To firmly secure the new post in the ground and prevent premature rotting, Roger poured gravel and stone dust into the hole and packed it down tightly around the post. Kevin then fastened the surrounding fence to the new post and the project was complete. Afterward, Roger showed Kevin a way to repair a rotted fence post instead of replacing it using "mending plates."

Where to Find It?
Roger and Kevin replaced a rotting cedar fence post with a new one.

5x5 cedar fence post with "Gothic" profile
Supplier: Northeastern Fence & Supply Corp.
74 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906

In the loft, Roger showed Kevin steel mending plates for repairing a 4"x4" rotting fence post.

E-Z Mender™
Manufacturer: Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.

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