Step 7: Nail the niche into place

using a pneumatic nailer to nail the niche into place with minimal dings
Photo: Chip Henderson
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Fasten the niche to the wall studs and 2x4 header with 2 ½-inch (8d) finishing nails; set the nail heads below the surface. We used a pneumatic nail gun so we wouldn't mar the niche with an errant hammer blow.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    • two-foot level
      Level

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw

    • finish hammer
      Hammer

    • caulk gun
      Adhesive gun

    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Urethane-foam wall niche

    2. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere the niche to the wall surface

    3. Plastic drop cloth
    used to catch dust

    4. Painter’s tape
    for attaching drop cloth to wall

    5. Paint
    used to finish the niche

    6. 2 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for securing wall niche

    7. 2x4 blocking
    installed horizontally between studs at top and bottom of wall opening

    8. 2-inch drywall screws
    used to fasten 2x4 blocking to wall studs

    9. Spackling compound
    for filling nail holes