I'm no expert, but I just put down baseboards and oak 1/4 rounds in my
basement. I used a 15 gauge finish nailer (2 1/2" nails) for the bb, and an
18 gauge (2") for the 1/4 rounds.
If the the 18 gauge nails are long enough, it might work, but I'd be
inclined to go with the stouter 15 gauge.
so? you have a PERFECT excuse to run out this morning a buy
a new toy! :) Seriously, you NEED to use a heavier nail,
William. Get the 2 1/2" nails. After going through the
baseboard and the sheetrock you've got APPROX. (depends of
course on the thickness of the baseboard) an inch and a half
imbedded in the studs or sole plate. I have several PC
nailers, but hear lots of guys like the Senco oilless units.
I didn't buy them at the time because the rubber grips
were flimsy. If I'm not mistaken, Senco has improved them.
William MacBain wrote:
A 15 or 16 gauge will do much better. 18 guage will not get enough holding
power to pull the base against the wall, especially where there may be a
slight dip in the wall, the base will just pull away again.
I have used an 18 guage, then bought a 16 gauge and was much more pleased
with the results. A 15 guage would be best.
the variable we don't have here is length. If you don't have enough
penetration into the stud the nail won't have any holding power.
What is the thickness of the baseboard, how long are the brads and
what is between the baseboard and the stud?
You can get around the gauge issue (in a pinch) by using more nails.
with a little practice you can even drive several brads in the same
hole by angling them differently and orienting the chisel tips
Note that 18G brads are less likely to split near the ends (like if
you have to nail a miter) than the heavier 15G ones.
I use a 15 gauge nailer but if you do not have one the brad nailer, 2"
brads and a spot of panel adhesive every foot or so will do in a
pinch.I'm assuming your base is 11/16" thick and the wall is 1/2'
drywall. There is enough nail to hold the base until adhesive dries.
Really a 15 ga nailer pulls/draws the base up to the uneven parts of the wall
much better than an 18 ga. If you really must use an 18 ga nailer, I'd
recommend a bead of construction adhesive along the back of the baseboard.
If you're doing a small amount of work hand nailing is always an option. Opps
there I've gone and blasphemed. :)
When I bought my compressor 4 years ago it came with a 18 gauge brad nailer.
I put up three rooms of baseboard and then quarter round with it and they
haven't fallen down yet. Sure, 15 gauge may be better, but if all you have
is an 18 then use it. You sure as heck don't want to driller, hammer and
then counter sink with a nail set do you? YUK!
"Keep your stick on the ice"
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