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Can two-sided tape hold up wainscoting adequately?


Is there a two-sided tape that will hold up some wainscoting I'm putting up on my dining room walls? The trim is oak and I don't want to use nails.

— Eloise, Bradford, Massachusetts


Tom says: Sure, there are some double-sided tapes that will hold up your wainscoting for a little while, but then it will fall off. So the answer to the question is, I wouldn't trust it. You need nails. Wood moves on a daily basis, from night to morning, and as the house moves through different temperatures, wood will also grow and contract. So if nothing better than tape is supporting the wainscoting, eventually, it will fall away.


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