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  • What nailer to use for mouldings, trim, etc.

    What type of nailer do you guys suggest using for mouldings, trim, etc. around the house for a DIYer? 18ga brad nailer, 15ga angled, 16ga finish?

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    Re: What nailer to use for mouldings, trim, etc.

    I use a 15 ga angled finish nailer for the majority of trim work. However it does leave quite a hole that you will later have to come back and fill. I have since also aquired a 23 ga pin nailer that works fantastic for smaill detailed projects.

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    • #3
      Re: What nailer to use for mouldings, trim, etc.

      If I was looking to just get one "universal" finish nailer for now would you recommend 16 or 18ga? I will probably just be using it for crown moulding, baseboards, etc.
      Last edited by mheriot; 02-26-2008, 09:58 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: What nailer to use for mouldings, trim, etc.

        Either one would probably be fine. You might be able to get just a bit more length out of the 15 ga nailer.

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        • #5
          Re: What nailer to use for mouldings, trim, etc.

          I use 18g for assembly of built up moldings etc, esp if I'm not using much glue.

          I use 23g for the same purpose but only where I will be using glue AND it will be up-close visible AND I'm preassembling the molding in my shop.

          I use 16g for installation. A few 16g 2" nails driven in at opposing angles holds incredibly well. It leaves a sizable divot, but one that is easily patched with filler, or even using those matching filler "crayons".

          So, for what you described, I'd recommend a 16g nailer. Works great for crown. Works great for baseboards. Buy lots of nail filler!

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