15 or 16 gauge nailer for larger MDF Crown
I am a weekend warrior who will be hanging crown molding throughout his house. I have already done one rook with the old hammer and nails and think I should invest in a nail gun and would like some advice on whether a 16 gauge will do the trick or if I need a 15.
I will be using Ultralight MDF, most of which will be 4-6", but may be putting some 9" stuff on the 18' walls of one room. Later I will probably install some 5" base boards throughout the house. If possible, I would like to be able to use the same gun.
I am wondering if the crown I plan to use is to heavy for a 16 gauge, which I understand is called a finish nailer but is more like a larger brad. Does the weight and size of the crown itself warrant going 15 gauge?
I also understand that an angled gun is easier to use than a straight one, and most are 15 G. There are a few 16 angle guns, but the nails are hard to locate and are more expensive than 15 gauge angle nails? The cost of nails aren't really much of a concern, though, as the gun will not be getting that much use.
Most people I have talked to, who are at differnt Home Depots, think you can hang the crown with a straight nail gun by turning it to the side, and don't need an angled nailer. The author of a book on molding suggested to me that an angled gun will also work a lot better on the cathedral ceilings of some of the rooms.
Some say a straight nailer is easier for base boards, but a guy at Lowes thought an angled gun was better becasue you can shoot it in at an angle from top down and that gives it more holding power. Doe BB need that much grip?
Laslty, becasue I don't have an air compressor the combo packages at HD look pretty attractive. I am really not interested in the one for $279 with a staple gun, 18 G brad gun, and a 16 G straigh finish nailer (if that is a true finish nailer), but combo including compressor and straight 16 G nailer for $199. I think I would later pick up a cheapie 23 G pinner from Harbor Freight for $25 to use for gluing outside corners. I think an 18 G brad would be to large for that. Yes?
I guess it all boils down to whether I reallyam better off with a 15 gauge angle gun, in which case I will just have to pay the piper and get what is needed for the Crown. If that is the case, I will probably pick up a refurbished Senco profinish 35 15 gauge angle and a cheapie Husky compressor, but that PC pancake compressor and straight 16 nialer are tempting.
I know I don't want the Passlode.
On a slighly different note, does anyone have any input on Gary Katz's DVD "Conquering Crown Molding". The $50 it costs would nearly pay for the additional cost of a 15 gauge gun over a 16. Then again, both the DVD and the 15G may be worth the exta bucks.
Last edited by Klawman; 11-10-2009 at 04:32 AM.