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Exterior Trim Trick: Quarter Round Molding from the Plumbing Supply Shop?

November 05, 2015


Sometimes the best option is also the quickest and cheapest

When builder David Joyce had to trim out the dormers of this traditional colonial house he built in Concord, Mass., he noticed a large-diameter quarter-round molding going up the rakes. His local molding shops came up empty, so he looked for a plan B.

That's when he saw a 6-inch scrap of drainpipe left over from the footing drains. Dave ripped the PVC pipe into quarters on a table saw, and voilà—quarter round.

I asked Dave how he fastened it:


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