How to nail base/crown to steel studs?


Old 12-19-01, 04:26 PM
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How to nail base/crown to steel studs?

I'm ready to install base and crown molding, but am having some problems nailing to the steel studs. I'm using an air finish nailer, but it doesn't seem to be drawing the molding tight. Staples/brad nailer work better? What would you suggest?

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Old 12-20-01, 12:28 AM
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shoot at an angle

If using a nailer, shoot the nails at an angle on the horizontal. Shoot 2 nails close together at opposing angles, ie) one from the left at about 45 degrees and one from the right at about 45 degrees.
Old 01-03-02, 04:37 AM
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another way...

a couple other ways...

You could put wood blocking between the studs where you need to nail.

You could use "finish screws" that are made for attaching trim to steel studs. These have either small phillips head or square drive (better) and have a very narrow head similar to a finish nail. They leave a somewhat larger hole than a finish nail and you probably want to use water putty or something good to fill these larger holes.
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