Which nailer for molding?

I need to put up base, chair rail and maybe some ceiling molding in my kitchen and perhaps elsewhere in my house. I don't think I have any other obvious need for a nailer, but I don't intend to use a hammer. The walls in my house are plaster over the plasterboard with the 1" holes in it.
I'm trying to get off as cheaply as possible here. Can I get away with a brad nailer + adhesive? Or must I use a finish nailer (16 gauge)?
Greg
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Greg, I have the same type of plaster in my house and actually just finished a base, wainscot, and crown molding project. We used a finish nailer and everything worked out fine. I wonder if you could use some kind of adhesive like liquid nails though. It would probably make putting the molding on easier as you won't have to fill any nail holes, but it might be an absolute pain in the butt if you have to take it off. I was mainly thinking of the adhesive route as I spent hours filling in all the nail holes with compound. I've never tried using a brad nailer for this type of job, but as a combo with adhesive it might do the job. Maybe someone else in the group has used one for molding.
Mike
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Liquid nails should only used in very limited circumstances. Like attaching a small piece of molding to a masonry wall.
The reason is that you would have to come up with some sort of brace to hold up the molding until the glue set.
An 18 gauge that can handle 2.25" nails should be long enough and the holes are very small.

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Greg Guarino wrote:

be OK as well but angled would be more versatile. Brad nailer would be too small.
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I've put up loads of base, chair rail, casing and even crown molding with an 18ga brad nailer (no adhesive) and never had any issues. Just make sure you hit the studs.
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I used a 18 ga nailer w/ 2" bradnails for ours. Worked great. They're cheap now..around 20-30 bucks at HFT and other Chinese tool sources as long as you have a compressor. If not, you can pick them as cheap as $ 69.00 now at Pep Boys of HFT as well...under $ 100 for both
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wrote:

If you are looking for cheap, use finishing nails, a nail set, and hammer. Nailers, particularly the cheaper ones, jamb, mark walls/molding, and often can't shoot a brad in straight.
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Greg Guarino wrote:

Greg,
I use the Stanley Bostitch N60FN, which is a finish nailer and I use 2" nails in it. Shoots them straight and doesn't mar the finish with the rubber boot on the nailer. I too would not use a hammer for that job. I've tried the brad gun but the molding pops out over time.
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