16 ga vs 18 ga for trim work


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Old 08-04-05, 09:41 AM
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16 ga vs 18 ga for trim work

Hello... I'm about to start doing some window/door trim in my house. From what I've read, 18 gauge brad nailers are prefered for this type of work. I was wondering if I can get by with the 16 gauge finish nailer that I already own, or should I definitely use a brad nailer on the mouldings. Thanks.
 
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Old 08-04-05, 01:26 PM
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hi
16 is used on crown molding
but makes bigger hole to fill in
18 is used on smaller trim like door stop and casing

but you have 16 go for it
 
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Old 08-04-05, 05:33 PM
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I use a 16
 
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Old 08-04-05, 06:04 PM
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I now have a collection of nailers but a $29.00 import 18 guage brad nailer was what attracted me to pneumatic nailers.
Thousands of brads later the thing still works fine and have not had one jam.
 
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Old 08-04-05, 09:03 PM
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IMO 16 gauge has more holding power. Even though it leaves a larger hole to putty it is still smaller [and easier] than finish nails and a nail set
 
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Old 08-05-05, 08:42 AM
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Thanks folks... The 16 works fine, however, if I can find a brad nailer for $29, I will definitely buy it.
 
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16 is the way .My 18 sits around and collects dust.Why go smaller?
 
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Old 03-29-13, 06:46 AM
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Harbor Freight has one on sale for $20 now
 
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Old 03-29-13, 07:15 AM
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fcwood: welcome to the forums. You should take a look at the dates on posts, you just replied to an eight year old question.
 
 

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