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Old 06-06-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Another baseboarding question (doing my first ever baseboards tonight, changed the blade on an old mitre saw last night and ready to go).

How long should the finishing nails be? My baseboards are about 5/8" I think, drywall is 1/2" I think, and I have 2" finishing nails which I am thinking might be too long. I don't want to have to work too hard to get them in, as I'll be banging them in by hand. I'm thinking maybe 1.5" would be better. Any rhyme or reason for how long finishing nails should be?

Also, should I bang them into the stud and the sole plate? or just the studs?

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2".

Why don't you keep your questions on this topic in one thread so we can follow you? Don't start a new thread for every question if the comment is relevant to a thread you already have going.

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Why don't you keep your questions on this topic in one thread so we can follow you? Don't start a new thread for every question if the comment is relevant to a thread you already have going.
Sure, I will do that from now on for one "project". Thanks a lot Bud.
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Rule normally 3/4 in penetration into solid wood,(stud)
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Rule normally 3/4 in penetration into solid wood,(stud)
Ok cool, that was actually why I didn't go with 1.5" nails, I figured that just under 0.5" penetration was too weak.
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I usually angle them too. If something catches a baseboard, fence board, deck board or whatever it is usually harder to tug it loose if fasteners are angled.

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