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redhillbob
Finishing Nails

Getting ready to put my moldings back on after installing laminate flooring, I noticed they have anywhere from 2"-3 1/2" nails for nail guns but not sure what size the old nails were. What is the standard size finishing nail to use for this type of job.

A. Spruce
Re: Finishing Nails

The length of the nail should twice the thickness of the material being fastened plus the thickness of the wall covering over the stud, generally a 1-1/2" - 2" nail is more than sufficient.

Gizmo
Re: Finishing Nails
A. Spruce wrote:

The length of the nail should twice the thickness of the material being fastened plus the thickness of the wall covering over the stud, generally a 1-1/2" - 2" nail is more than sufficient.

Im with Spruceee on this one.....Are you installing the old moldings....base and shoe or adding new shoe/quarter round to the old base ??????? What ever you do shoot the nail into the base not the flooring..... :rolleyes:

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Finishing Nails

When using a pneumatic nail gun don't get drawn into using 10,000 nails to hold up each board. We know nail guns are really cool, but don't get carried away.

If nailing by hand, you don't have to worry about using too many nails. That seems to take care of itself, especially after the first blood blister. :rolleyes:

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Finishing Nails

And i would recommend 15 ga. nailer.

Jack

HoustonRemodeler
What I learned at work today

I learned....

You should never buy Grandpa nail gun for Christmas.

I know at first it seems like a great idea. After all he's so hard to shop for and has everything, right? And a nail gun would be pretty cool and would help him with his little projects when his arthritis is flaring up. You'd also think that a shiny new nail gun would help keep him in the workshop and out of Grandma's hair. That all sounds logical until you learn what I did today;

You should never buy Grandpa a nail gun for Christmas.

Why, You ask?

Because Grandpa will think back to those days of yore when every nail was set by hand. He'll reminisce about his all-wood childhood home and how solidly it was built. You'll sit trapped in your chair while he tells you yet once again how folks worked so hard in the old days and now everything is so easy. A machine for everything. But don't be dismayed, he'll still really like the nail gun. They are really cool. Then you'll go home.

Soon Grandpa will be using his new toy and rapidly discovering the joys of air powered machinery. He'll build a few things, fix a few others, then start looking around for more ways to use his nail gun. Here comes the dangerous part - it doesn't stop with ONE nail gun. Soon he'll have a brad nailer. Then a stapler. Then a pin nailer. He'll be nailing everything in sight, including those things that are better off glued or screwed.

But wait - there's more;

The truly tragic effect of your intended-to-be-thoughtful-gift;

Every time he picks up one of his now 7 or 8 nail guns he will always think back to those days when nails were driven by hand, fingers were mashed, blood blisters formed and those painful memories will be the motivating force behind his thinking, "If one nail was good back then, 20 will be better now. Especially with this nifty new nail gun. They make it so easy."

Seems harmless enough in the beginning, but then you'll come to realize he is spending every last penny of your inheritance shooting in one staple, brad, or 10d ring shank nail at a time. Before you know it you'll inherit a house largely made of splinters of wood held together by several tons of metal.

So the next time you are scratching your head wondering what gift to buy as you roam the aisles of Home Depot, picture all that money he'll spend on hardware and the poor guys like me who have to use a crowbar to remove every last one of them.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Finishing Nails

One of the best posts I've seen in a while Houston.

Jack

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Finishing Nails

I wrote it about a year ago, but its still applicable today.

dj1
Re: Finishing Nails
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

I wrote it about a year ago, but its still applicable today.

Really good article. It's really...timeless !

BTW, on many occasions, especially for short pieces, I use glue (I'm that lazy). Then caulking.

ordjen
Re: Finishing Nails

I used to laugh at Norm Abrams with his pneumatic gun always at the ready in his shop - until I bought one. My apologies Norm! :)

Gizmo
Re: What I learned at work today

Thats A sweet POST.... HR..

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