Using adheasive to attach trim


Old 03-13-06, 07:13 AM
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Using adheasive to attach trim

I am trying to attach new trim (9" high, 3/4 " thick) to plaster walls. The first piece I attached using nails was kind of difficult and the baseboard pushed out away fron the wall as I nailed it in. Plus I wasn't very comfortable with using the nail tap to get it the nailhead flush. I was wondering if I could attach the basebaord with an adheasive like liquid nails or something like that. I am very worried I will crack the plaster with nails, even if I pre-drill holes. Are there any disadvantages in going with an adheasive? We don't plan on removing the baseboard after it's installed.
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Old 03-13-06, 07:28 AM
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jimterry94, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
The key words in your post are "plan to remove". I can understand your reluctance at nailing the trim. The problem with adhesives are that they can damage the wall IF removed later. It would be your choice as to nailing or using adhesive. Good luck.
Old 03-13-06, 09:59 AM
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Trim is most easily attached with a finish nailer running off an air compressor. See if one of your friends or neighbors has a set you can borrow.
Old 03-13-06, 10:46 AM
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You might also try finish screws. They are about as large as a 10d finish nail, but they have a T15 torx head. The screws should suck the top edge of your trim tight to the wall, provided you either hit the stud or a piece of lathe. No pounding required.
Old 03-13-06, 06:23 PM
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Like Majakdragon, says, there will be no "plans" to remove it if you use adhesive. At least with the trim screws, you will have the option later, and there is no impact to install them. Good luck with the install.

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