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Which nails for crown molding?


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02-22-05, 04:27 PM   #1  
Which nails for crown molding?

I am about to begin putting up crown molding and I am confused as to which nail to us - brad or finishing? And would a 1 1/4 brad be okay? That is the max my gun will hold and I have used it for other trim in the house without a problem, but am not sure about crown. The dryboard is 1/2'' thick.

Thank you for any help you can give!

 
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02-22-05, 04:39 PM   #2  
No, 1 1/4" is definately not long enough. Usually when nailing crown, the nail goes in at an angle (maybe 30 degrees?) so it needs to be a little longer than what you might think. Generally, a 15 ga. nail that is 2" long should work fine.

 
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02-22-05, 05:35 PM   #3  
Thanks for the quick reply. Would a brad work as well as a finish nail?

 
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02-22-05, 07:51 PM   #4  
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15 gauge is trim carpenter nails. In my opinion, the head of the nail is too big and would be too noticable. I would use 1-1/2" 18 gauge nails. I've used it several times and never had a problem. Just make sure you nail into the studs.

 
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02-22-05, 11:46 PM   #5  
Mike,

Thanks for the input - I appreciate your help.

 
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