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    Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    I was given a never-used Dewalt Brad Nailer a while back. I'm currently working on finishing our basement. I'm no where near ready to put up trim yet, but I was wondering if this nailer will work for installing my baseboard and other trim. It is listed as a 5/8"-1 1/4" Nailer. Even at the max 1 1/4" nail length (18ga), that seems a bit short for attaching trim. I'll have the trim depth (probably a 1/2") plus drywall (1/2") and still need to get into the framing. Is 1/4" into the framing enough?

    I'm trying to save a little money by not purchasing the next nailer size up but that seems too short.


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    That's going to be a bit too short for trim nailing. I'd use at least 2" brads in most cases. Like you said, you have about an inch of drywall and wood trim to get through, and about an inch into the base board/studs is ideal IMO to get a solid anchoring.



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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-NT50AE...ref=pd_cp_hi_1
    Here is what you need for trim work. You will need a little heavier gauge (I use a 15 gauge nailer) for installing doors, especially if they are solid core. Very versatile nailer, 1 1/4" nails for shooting into the door jamb and 2" nails for shooting off the trim into the stud.



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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    A hammer would be cheaper if saving money is your concern.



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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    A hammer would be cheaper if saving money is your concern.
    Ha. I thought that way the last time I finished our basement in the previous home. I saved money but the time I spent installing trim, countersinking nails, puttying holes, sanding, and repaiting was painful.

    I want to use a trim nailer this time to the hole left by the nail is minimal and fills easily.


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Clone View Post
    Amazon.com: Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer: Home Improvement
    Here is what you need for trim work. You will need a little heavier gauge (I use a 15 gauge nailer) for installing doors, especially if they are solid core. Very versatile nailer, 1 1/4" nails for shooting into the door jamb and 2" nails for shooting off the trim into the stud.
    That gets good ratings. And the price isn't bad. Thanks.


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I was given a never-used Dewalt Brad Nailer a while back. I'm currently working on finishing our basement. I'm no where near ready to put up trim yet, but I was wondering if this nailer will work for installing my baseboard and other trim. It is listed as a 5/8"-1 1/4" Nailer. Even at the max 1 1/4" nail length (18ga), that seems a bit short for attaching trim. I'll have the trim depth (probably a 1/2") plus drywall (1/2") and still need to get into the framing. Is 1/4" into the framing enough?

    I'm trying to save a little money by not purchasing the next nailer size up but that seems too short.
    Yes, 1 1/4 is plenty for trim. Trim is only like 1/4 - 1/2 thick. And maybe 5/8 for the drywall.


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    You're good to go.


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    Yes, 1 1/4 is plenty for trim. Trim is only like 1/4 - 1/2 thick. And maybe 5/8 for the drywall.
    My trim will be 1/2", possibly a bit larger. I think I'd want to go into the frame at least 1/2". That leaves me 1/4" short with 1 1/4" nails.

    Have you tried use a 1 1/4" nailer for trim before?


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    That gets good ratings. And the price isn't bad. Thanks.
    No problem...Hitachi is the only way to go when it comes to nailers. I own 15 Hitachi nails guns and love every one of them. I am pretty sure you can pick up the same model at Lowes for the same price. Get some 1 1/4" nails and some 2" nails and you will be good to go for most projects. 1 1/4" is not a long enough nail to nail off the outside of the trim into the stud.



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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Clone View Post
    No problem...Hitachi is the only way to go when it comes to nailers. I own 15 Hitachi nails guns and love every one of them. I am pretty sure you can pick up the same model at Lowes for the same price. Get some 1 1/4" nails and some 2" nails and you will be good to go for most projects. 1 1/4" is not a long enough nail to nail off the outside of the trim into the stud.
    I'll probably install the door frame to the studs with a hammer. I won't have many doors. Otherwise, the 18gauge nails should work for everything else.


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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I'll probably install the door frame to the studs with a hammer. I won't have many doors. Otherwise, the 18gauge nails should work for everything else.
    That is correct...you will love it. Just be sure to drop a couple drops of pneumatic tool oil in it every time you use it and it will last you a long time.



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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Hitachi do have pretty good nailers. The ones that I recommend are the Paslode nailers. You can get one for about $150 for one that goes up to 2" nails. They also have very good cordless nailers as well if you are looking for something like that. I work in a lumber yard and are responsible for nails and nailers in our store and these are the ones after research and hands on experience that I like. FWIW



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    I was wrong...you're gonna need a bigger one.

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    Re: Pnuematic Trim Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallruss64 View Post
    Hitachi do have pretty good nailers. The ones that I recommend are the Paslode nailers. You can get one for about $150 for one that goes up to 2" nails. They also have very good cordless nailers as well if you are looking for something like that. I work in a lumber yard and are responsible for nails and nailers in our store and these are the ones after research and hands on experience that I like. FWIW
    I use a nail gun everyday and I don't mind Paslode nailers but I have just never had any problems with Hitachi nail guns. I owned a Paslode framing nailer and a 15 gauge finish nailer and I had a few problems with each of them. Again, not knocking Paslode just speaking from my personal experience.



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