I'm putting in some tongue and groove beadboard and I was wondering if
I could just use an 18g brads, or whether I should go with a 15g finish
nailer. The gooves are awfully small, as the thickness of the boards
themselves is only 3/8ths of an inch. (I'm planning on nailing through
the grooves as opposed to face nailing.)
This kind of beadboard is awful fragile for doing that. You'll blow the
I installed about 50 linear feet of this beadboard as wainscotting a month
or so ago over a decently flat drywall wall (if it's not flat, you might want
to pull it down and go over plywood).
Two quick swipes of PL panel adhesive on the back of each board, and then I
airnailed 18ga at the top and bottom to make sure it didn't slip. The nail
holes are covered by the baseboard and chair rail.
If the wall is a bit wavy, 18ga narrow crown staplers may be better holding the
ends of the boards to the wall - better grip on the drywall. I compromised by
driving two nails at an angle when the board had a tendancy to separate from
In a few places, I face nailed in the middle of a board, but a swipe
with wood filler makes that go away.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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<blushing> Oh yeah. I'm going to try a couple through the tongue,
with adhesive on the back, and a brad or two at the top and bottom. If
the tongues start breaking down I'll face nail and patch. Thanks to
you all for your responses.
I used a bead of PL down the middle, nailed it at the top and bottom
with two 18g brads each, and through the groove 3 times unless it
needed more to sit flush with the wall. No problems with the nailer
breaking the boards at all.
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