How to Fit a Picture & Dado Rail
How to fit & put up a Picture & Dado Rail
Fitting a dado rail, also known as a picture rail is a fairly straightforward DIY project which you can undertake yourself in your home. We’ve put together some tips on how to fit a picture rail, with all the right tools and materials to do so.
What You’ll Need
- Dado & Picture Rail
- Orac Adhesive
- Caulk Gun
- Spirit Level
- Chalk Line
- Nail Gun
- Mitre box
- Hand Saw
- Tape Measure
Please note, you can use your own alternative tools if you are unable to use any of the items listed above.
Step-By-Step: How to Fit Dado Rail
Measure & Cut to Size
With any DIY project, preparation is key to achieve your desired finish, so make sure that your walls are clean, ensuring any necessary repairs or plastering is complete before you add your picture rail. Top tip: paint your dado rail before you hang it; this will ensure you have a flawless finish, with tidy edges.
The first step is to measure the wall length and match that up to the first piece of rail and cut to size if necessary. Top tip: always remember to double check your measurements before you cut anything. To cut the perfect angle for the wall, use a hand saw and mitre box, which makes it a lot easier to cut at an angle, if needed.
Mark the Wall & Fit Your First Piece
Top tip: Before fitting your first piece, it can help to measure and mark the wall with chalk to give you a clear guideline of where to fit your dado rail.
First use the tape measure and pencil to mark where you want to position the rail, then use the spirit level and chalk to create a perfectly horizontal guideline along the wall. Keep moving the spirit level around the room until there is a guideline across the entire wall. This will make fitting the rail a lot easier.
Now take the first piece of rail, hold it in position and use the spirit level to make sure it’s perfectly level. When it is level you can either nail it to the wall or glue it into position. If using nails, be sure to add a nail every 50cm or so, and if using adhesive, create an even zig zag across the back of the picture rail and press firmly into place. The adhesive creates a flawless finish, whereas you will need to caulk the nails to fill in the imperfections.
Top tip: if using nails, make sure there are no cables, wires or pipes behind the picture rail.
Finish the Job
Now that your first piece has been fitted, you can line up the rest and fit them as you go. Simply repeat the above process until you have fixed the remaining picture rails to the wall.
To create a flawless and professional finish, use the caulk gun to fill in any gaps in the joins and create a seal with the caulk where the rail meets the wall.
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