I've just laid a new engineered wood floor, and now wish to fit the
skirting boards. They've been cut to size and mitred ready for
fitting, but the carpenter's gone awol. My brother (a cabinet maker)
suggested fixing them with Gripfil, or NoMoreNails, or similar. Would
that be sufficient? Or do they need pinning or screwing as well?
Walls are in good nick (new plaster).
Absolutely not. Skirtings were traditionally fixed with a couple of 4"
nails hammered into wooden wedges driven into the brickwork at 3' spacing
so these hammer fixings do much the same job but more easily.
Of course if the walls are modern stud walls then a few screws or a bit
of adhesive will do just as well but there is a vague suggestion in the
OP's post ("Walls are in good nick (new plaster)") that the walls are
?_dyncharset=UTF-8&fh_search=hammer+fixings>>>> For skirting boards?? You jest I presume.
In my opinion hammer fixings are way OTT for skirting boards on any
surface. The damn things aren't going to go anywhere so why the need for a
heavy duty fixing? If the OP doesnt want to use No Nails etc then a few
plugs and screws will suffice, or he can daig out some mortar and insert
wooden wedges and do it the "traditional" way. If we are talking
"traditionally ....." then we would all still be going to the carsie (sp?)
down the street we shared with our neighbours and getting bathed in front of
?_dyncharset=UTF-8&fh_search=hammer+fixings>>>>>> For skirting boards?? You jest I presume.
Quote from Screwfix / DIYnot about their hammer fixings:
"Nylon Plug with hardened drive Screw. Fast, cheap way to fix battens,
conduit etc to masonry."
You're welcome to your opinion which appears to be less than
well-informed. A single 6mm hole is drilled directly through wood
(skirting etc.) and brick at the same time. A small hammer fixing is
inserted and hammered in - i.e. tapped gently. The process is repeated
and is aided by the fact that the skirting is firmly held and positioned
by the first fixing. That's easy.
I assume you don't know the difference between 'frame fixings' which are
heavy duty and 'hammer fixings' as described in the Screwfix catalogue and
also sold by Wickes for this kind of light duty fixing.
Belt and braces - my middle names! This together with GripFil will do
the job such that I don't have to worry. Part of my reservation is
that some of the walls are quite long, and despite the plaster being
in good nick, I can't guaranted that it's totally flat (nor the
skirting, for that matter).
Screwfix recently opened a branch here (Wolverhampton). It will be
interesting to see if their prices have any effect on Wickes. Wickes may
have to modify their fancy packaging (hard plastic) and prices or lose out
to Screwfix. All good for the customer!
The size is about the same but Screwfix hammer fixings (6mm x 60mm) are
£3.52 per 100 (8mm x 80mm - £5.84 / 100) which makes them considerably
cheaper than those you cite at £17-00p per 100.
Hammer fixings also have the advantage that they can be unscrewed if
As I heard the story; The original Screwfic guy sold out to the Kingfisher
Group who also own B&Q. In the buy out contract was a 5 year clause. After
5 years he started Toolstation.
More to Toolstation than meets the eye. A lot of their stuff is Silverline
brand, so I suspect they are one & the same company and some of their stuff
is the same brand name as the stuff Aldi sell.
Screwfix & Toolstation are both opening trade counters which is bound to
drive down prices. B&Q, Homebase etc are moving more into 'lifestyle'
Is there any likelihood that Wickes will go in the near future? My local
one is well-used and pretty well-stocked. Personally, I prefer to be able
to inspect and handle unfamiliar items rather than select from a catalogue
if possible. That's what attracts so many people to B&Q as well.