Is a Brad Nailer with 1 - 9/16" Nails OK for Trim?


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Old 05-31-07, 11:17 AM
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Question Is a Brad Nailer with 1 - 9/16" Nails OK for Trim?

Hi All,

After we got the floors down last weekend, I started to put down the baseboards. For ease, I decided to use the miterless system.

Anyway, I borrowed a compressor and I found a cheap (25$) brad nailer that shoots up to 2" Brad nails and decided to do the door trim and baseboards with 1 - 9/16" brads. The store guys said they would be sufficient.

I did one side last night and it seems to hold pretty well.

Should I be using 2" or will the 1-9/16" work??? It's going through 1/2 inch drywall and thin mdf baseboard.

Your thoughts before I go further with this project?
 
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Old 05-31-07, 01:00 PM
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Actually, I prefer it. It leaves less noticeable nail holes to fill.
 
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Thanks Smokey!

I'll go on with the project tonight!
 
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I've always considered a 6 penny nail [2"] to be the minimum size for nailing base/casing. With 1 9/16" nail you only have about a 1/2" holding it to the framing. IMO it's no harder to putty a 16 gauge nail head than it is a brad or pin nail.
 
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If the baseboard is thin, a 18 ga nailer will work just fine, but you will want to use 2" nails because you want 1" of nail to actually be holding into the framing. 1 9/16 is fine if nailing directly to wood. But like Marksr points out the 1/2" drywall means the nail is only holding into 1/2-3/4" of wood or so which means it would be pretty easy to pull off.
 
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Thanks for the info guys.

However, I should note that the walls behind the baseboards are block with 3/4" furring strips.

The more I think about it, the 2" brad might be a problem.

It seems to hold up pretty good for the few boards I have done so far with the 1 9/16".

I'll need to add some quarter round also. Do you the the 1 - 9/16" would be too long in that case?
 
 

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