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Old 10-01-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hickory trim nail size ect.


I have never worked with Hickory and plan on trimming out the basement project in it.

I've heard it splits easily so I'm a little apprehensive.

What size nail, ect any tricks to it , any gun better than others ect??

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Hickory is very hard, very difficult to drive nails through it. You may need to predrill all the holes. Also consider construction adhesive.

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chuck up an electric drill with the same size finish nail as you plan to use and pre-drill
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A good 18 gauge pneumatic pin nailer. Test on scraps to get the correct pressure setting.
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Thanks 18# it is , got to go pneumatic otherwise I'll be blue in the face ( and probably my thumb also) by the time I get through it all.

Good idea practicing on some scraps first for depth but also to get a feel for

it (hickory), probably over thinking it , just don't want to mess it up.
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High gear,
18 gauge will be fine for the skinny edge of the molding going right into wood jambs, but you will need something heavier for nailing the thicker edge of the molding where you are going through drywall before hitting the stud. 15 or 16 gauge finish nailer that is up to snuff. Don't use a nail that is way longer than what you need. 3/4" molding + 1/2" drywall, 2" nail would be fine versus 2 1/2". If you're using an air nailer, up the pressure to the upper end of the recommended pressure. Don't go over though.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:10 PM   #7
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I'm going to be using a mission/craftsman style of trim ( and installation (butt

joints , wrapped exposed ends) so it would be the

same thickness throughout for window and door trim.

The door/window jamb nail will be around a 1/4" from the trim edge so I'm

concerned there , 18# sounds good and heavier nail for the stud. thanks.

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