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Dave88LX 10-24-2013 12:36 PM

Am I nailing my base molding correctly?
I've done a lot of looking around, but, can't find the nailing interval. I'm using 15 gauge 2 1/2" nails near the top part of the molding, into the studs. So, every 16". Should I mirror that in the bottom of the molding, split the gaps, or every other one?

For the shoe molding, should I use 18 ga. brads, or 23 ga pins? How long? Interval? (Into the base molding of course, not the floor)

Thank you.
- Dave

joecaption 10-24-2013 12:44 PM

No need to nail in every stud, every second or third will most often work.
Follow up with on at the bottom in the same spot. Nail low enough that the shoe moulding will cover them up.
Use the same nails for the shoe moulding.
Brads or pin nails will be useless.

Dave88LX 10-24-2013 12:59 PM

OK so that was a little overkill on the base molding interval. I've only got one wall up so far.

15 ga x 2-1/2" is good for a shoe molding? I figured it would at least split it. Seems awful long of a nail too. Correct me if I'm misunderstood, I thought it was just supposed to nail into the base molding? Is the objective to get it through the base molding and into the bottom plate too?

joecaption 10-24-2013 04:38 PM

You can get by with shorter nails if your willing to spend the extra money.
As you mention the 1/4 round just needs to be nailed to the base, but the extra holding power will assure nothings going to move and crack the caulking.

Dave88LX 10-24-2013 06:05 PM

I thought 1/4 round was blasphemy!:jester:

I already have shorter nails from other projects. I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

oh'mike 10-24-2013 06:10 PM

I use brads for the shoe---never had an issue---Nail it into the base molding,not the flooring----floors move and can pull the shoe molding in nailed into the flooring---

ratherbefishing 10-24-2013 09:21 PM

15g nails into stained oak shoe mold? Sounds like asking for a split. I've always used 16g for base and trim. I think I did my last shoe mold with 18g brads.

woodworkbykirk 10-25-2013 08:29 PM

baseboard should be nailed to every stud other wise it will float and have gaps agaisnt the drywall.. never shoot into the profiled portion of the base as its much harder to fill the nail hole..

and also dont nail so low down that the 1/4 round will cover the hole. reason being the force of the nail drawing the base in will tilt the base in more at hte bottom throwing it out of square with the floor

as for 1/4 1 1/4 - 18 gauge nails are sufficient. any lower gauge nail will split hte molding

Dave88LX 10-29-2013 01:12 PM

So I have been using 2-1/2" 15 gauge for the base molding, 1" pins for the mitered returns, and 1-1/4" 18 gauge for the shoe molding. Seems to be all working well so far. Thanks all!

Let me ask this while I'm sort-of on topic:

Caulk the seam between the top of the base trim and the wall. Are you caulking the base-shoe seam also?

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