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banktpg1
Regarding types of nailers
banktpg1

How do I know what type of nailer and size of nails to use for different wood work such as quater round, baseboard, radiator cover ( MFD material) and etc. Do I need to use a brad nailer for certain work and then switch to a different type of nailer for baseboard and another for quarter round base ? Is there a universal nailer I can use for everything?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

It all depends on what you're nailing through and into. For instance, with base that's 1/2" going over 1/2" drywall, you'd need a nail of at least 1-1/2" to secure the base to the wall. The rule of thumb is that you want the nail to penetrate into it's bearing surface at least the depth of the material your nailing is thick.

The size of the nailer/type of nail will also differ depending on what you want the finished look to be. For instance, when nailing base, you can use a large gauge nail and fill the hole and it will blend in just fine. But working at eye level, you want a smaller gauge nail, like a brad, which will leave a smaller hole to be filled and ultimately catch the eye. If you're really serious about hiding your fasteners you'd use a pinner, which leaves behind almost no hole at all.

For the types of things you've listed, a finish nailer that can shoot 1" to 2" nails would suffice. You probably don't need an expensive gun, but I would recommend sticking with name brands such as Bostich or Senco and leave the off brands at the store. Cheap guns do not drive nails straight, tend to cause more blow-out/damage to the material being nailed, and in general don't last very long. A good gun will last you a lifetime and provide good service throughout.

jkirk
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jkirk

heres a break down of what nailer i use for what

framing gun- home building, decks, walls, floors, roofs, sheathing , decking

15 gauge- azec composite trim for decks, hanging doors,

16 gauge- hanging interior doors, window jamb extensions, window sills, 3/4" thick hardwoods and thick mdf baseboards

18 gauge- window and door casing, boston headers, crown, 1/4 round, chair rail, wainscotting, cabinet face mouldings

23 gauge- cross nailing mitres in crown, baseboard, small micro mouldings for cabinets

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