Happy Endings


See the big curved cornice, lower right? See how it no longer touches the adjacent wall? Over the years a lot of settling occurred in this area, and there was a BIG gap where cornice met wall. Justin managed to pull everything closer together, but we could not get it tight. Poo. I painted it all, and initially thought to just leave it as is. But it vexed me. It whispered in my sleep: bad job. It nagged at me while eating lunch: bad job. OK! OK! So, I knew I had to do something. And, after much ado…


...the whispering, nagging voices

…the whispering, nagging voices were silenced, and happiness is high across the land.


The curved cornice has nothing behind it. Only the top and bottom are attached to anything. This made filling the gap a seemingly impossible job, as there was no there there to attach anything to. There was just the thin edge of metal.

After some pondering, I realized spray foam would do the trick. It would attach to the thin tin edge, but more importantly, it would ooze BEHIND the metal and attach, and attach to the wood wall.

After the foam dried, I carefully shaved it smooth with an extra sharp knife, and then, because the foam is porous, I used exterior caulk as a sealant over the foam. I was extra fussy with this step.

The results thrill me.






  1. Tiffaney on October 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Damn nice job, Ross.

    Oh that nagging voice! I know it well.

  2. Brendan on October 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

    What a beautiful job! Well done!

  3. Derek on October 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Nicely done!

  4. Grace Jones on October 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Your attention to detail is amazing! It all looks brand new! G:-)

  5. californianinkansas on October 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I have er… “selective” OCD. That little gap would have nagged at me incessantly. You are the absolute right person for The Cross House.

  6. djd_fr on January 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Looks really good.

  7. montana on January 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    But now you got me looking at the round trim on the window under the cornice (resolution on your pictures is way too good). Is that damaged? Because it looks like a real mother to replace what with being curved and married to the clapboards

    • Ross on January 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

      That is not damage. Just different colors after being grinded. It looks great today!

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