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02-04-04, 10:29 AM   #1  
Base molding

Hi-

I hope this is posted in the right section. Anyway, I am finishing my basement, which has 2x4 wall studs and 1/2" drywall. I want to put molding around the base of my Pergo and carpet, and this molding will likely be about 1/2" to 3/4" thick in order to cover the 1/4-1/2" expansion gaps for the Pergo flooring. My buddy has a framing nailer, but the longest nail it will accept is 1 1/4". Is a 1 1/4" framing nail long enough for my 1/2" to 3/4" thick base molding? Or does the nail have to be long enough to go through the 3/4" molding, the 1/2" drywall and set into a stud? Does base molding necessarily even have to be nailed into studs?

Thanks,
Steve

 
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02-05-04, 05:13 AM   #2  
Your base has to be nailed to the studs.

 
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02-05-04, 06:17 AM   #3  
Your base molding needs to be nailed into a stud or the bottom plate of the wall. Drywall doesn't hold nails worth squat.

Rent or borrow an 18 ga brad nailer and use 2" brads.

 
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02-05-04, 07:38 AM   #4  
Thanks

Thanks for the info.......

 
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