OT (sorta) Tin ceiling install


On the install, wish to use reproduction nails, (domed head). Most likely will be working by myself. Question, will a small palm nailer work with most any nail? Will have to hammer the last bit in, to keep from marking the panel. That will free up one hand to hold the panel. Ceiling slopes, so any floor brace is out.
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Palm nailers typically work with the nail head inserted into the sleeve. As the nail approaches full insertion, the sleeve slides back to allow countersinking if desired. Some palm nailers have switchable sleeves for larger nail heads. If the nail head will go into the sleeve, I'd say you are in business with what you want to do.
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Would not use air-powered palm nailer. You risk damaging domed nails, and these don't use very long nails, do they? I would hammer by hand (assuming your aim is good) *Small* pieces of double-sided tape can be used as a "third hand", don't over do it and don't use so it will be obvious.
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Rick Samuel wrote:

no reason you can't make a floor brace to help hold stuff in place while you work. the tin is fragile, so you can't jam it in tight, but make the stick out of something light and flexible, and give it a pretty broad surface to meet the tin- a couple of square feet of plywood covered in carpet ought to do it. the head will need to swivel a bit, and the stick will never be vertical- more like leaning into the slope than like a jack, really. the stick will need to be adjustable length, too.... an interesting thing to make, but it doesn't have to be a big deal.
the swivel can be done by straps of something flexible but not too flexible- strips of the carpet might be about right. the length adjustment can be two strips of wood held together with spring clamps.
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