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Old 01-29-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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can i nail baseboard with regular trim nails ? because i have a nailer and would like to avoid doing it by hand.
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Regular trim nails? as opposed to brabs?

I can't think of a reason why not, other than it will probably leave a larger hole which may need to be filled. You might want to be careful about wiring if you are using say 2" or 2-1/2" nails.

The 1/4 round is a different story if you are using that. The bigger nails may present a problem, not to sure on that one.
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i think my trim nailer can do 1.5", not sure
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can i nail baseboard with regular trim nails ? because i have a nailer and would like to avoid doing it by hand.
1-1/2" is really not long enough....but close

3/4" base +1/2"drywall = 1-1/4"

That only leaves 1/4" into your framing......

5/8" base leaves 3/8" ...........closer but not great.......

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Please describe a "regular" trim nail?

Otherwise that's exactly what you install trim with........a trim nail....

Not sure about the question.....
i meant is there a special baseboard nail for baseboard installation.
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also, do you know if it is possible to tuck new carpet underneath already installed baseboard ? i would imagine it would be easier to first install carpet and then baseboard but is it possible to do it the other way around ?
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also, do you know if it is possible to tuck new carpet underneath already installed baseboard ? i would imagine it would be easier to first install carpet and then baseboard but is it possible to do it the other way around ?
Have you installed the BB yet?
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Have you installed the BB yet?
no sir. the problem is, i am not ready to recarpet but i would like to replace the BB and paint.
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Great!!! you are right on track.

Typically you hold your baseboard up off the floor 1/2"

Prime and paint 2 coats. Be ready for a little touch up after the carpet guys get through banging the carpet in while being careful not to get paint on the new carpet.
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Typically you hold your baseboard up off the floor 1/2"
but there is old carpet already. so how much above, if any should i be off the existing carpet ?
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but there is old carpet already. so how much above, if any should i be off the existing carpet ?
don't know, don't care ......because it could be a different thickness than your new carpet.

Pull a piece of the carpet back and measure 1/2" up off the sub floor.

I like to take small 1/2" scraps and set those on the subfloor and set my new baseboard on top of that and nail it off. No measuring.....
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i guess it wouldn't matter so much if i were to go with molding in the bottom where the BB joins the carpet, which would seal any gap left for grace spacing. but i'm a minimalist and trying not to have the extra molding to clutter the view, i.e. the BB fitting right over top of the carpet.

on a separate note, do you think maple 1x6 will do OK as baseboard. i dislike grooves or molding that normally marketed BB material comes with. i want something 100% simple that couldn't be simpler.
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The carpet guys will tuck the carpet up under your BB with a hook knife. They are used to this, and prefer it this way.

As for nails, it is best to set all of them (with a pretty large nail set). Not only do some guns do a lousy job of setting the nails, but also the tiny, tiny holes they leave are not sufficiently deep nor wide enough to really receive and hold spackling properly. (This assumes you are going to be painting the BB.)
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Have you noticed that baseboard is kind of hollow on the back side? This is to help it pass over wall irregularities. And it is also why just using flat 1 x is not recommended.
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Willie is right but if you're painting it, you can use caulk to seal any gaps between the base and the wall
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