Asked by: Esohe Fradiquestyle and fashion nail care
What gauge finish nails for trim?
Last Updated: 26th June, 2020
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Hereof, what size nail should I use for trim?
Mouldings can be fastened using brad nails or a power nailer but you should never use nails that are more than 2 inches. Unless you know exactly where your homes electrical wires run you might be in for a shocking experience. 1 ½ inch nails are the perfect size for installing baseboards with a brad power nailer.
Also, what is the difference between a brad nailer and a finish nailer? Brad Nailer vs Finish Nailer Comparison. The primary difference between a brad nailer vs finish nailer is that the brad nail gun shoots 18-gauge nails whereas 16-gauge or 15-gauge nails are used in the finish nailer. With a brad nailer, you can attach thin trims and moldings without the need for using putty.
Also asked, can you use 18 gauge nails for baseboards?
Both are commonly used for installing baseboard, chair rail, door and window casing, crown molding, and door frames. One advantage to 15-gauge nails is that they are collated at an angle, which allows the nose of the nailer to reach into tighter spaces. Brad nailers use smaller 18-gauge nails up to 2 inches long.
What is better 16 gauge or 18 gauge nailer?
The common gauge sizes for nailers are 15, 16 & 18. Simply put, the higher the gauge number, the thinner the nail. The number stands for how many nails per inch. For example, an 18 gauge would have 18 pieces per inch which are going to be thinner than 16 gauge nails, which would have 16 nails per inch.