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Installing Base Molding

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05-15-06, 08:59 AM   #1  
Installing Base Molding

Installing base molding over a laminet floor.
The molding is H:2.5" and D:.25" (apx) Cherry and I will have a Cherry base shoe too. Would a Brad driver (18 Ga) work for this or should I really be hammering in nails? Or since I have 2+ rooms can I get a finishing nailer (15 ga)? Would that be better than Brads?

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05-15-06, 09:06 AM   #2  
I would use the finish nailer.

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05-15-06, 10:07 AM   #3  
For a thin base like that, I would use an 18 ga brad nailer with 2" nails. For the base shoe, 18 ga brad nailer with 1 1/4" nails.

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05-15-06, 10:28 AM   #4  
I missed the .25 part, I was assuming standard baseboards. I'll change my answer to brads also.

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05-22-06, 08:05 PM   #5  
OOOOh, just got a Dewalt 16 gauge airless, that seems to work really good on the narrower base, but does just as well on crown with the longer nails.
Just remember you have to go through the base, sheetrock and at least 1/2 the length into the framing behind all this. So no less than the 2" brad on the base. And be sure not to nail your shoe molding to the floor, nail it directly to the base. The floor has to float.
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