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Old 03-31-2010, 07:06 AM   #1
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Hello, I'm looking for advice on how best to install stain grade baseboard moulding. (what size nails, etc) It is poplar, with very light stain and will be finished before mounting. I'm replacing trim over already installed carpet if it matters.

Its a small job, 40ft/6 pieces. Can I do this by hand, or is a nailer gun essential?

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For this small amount and for 1/2" - 1" thick base moulding, I'd hand drive 6 penny finish nails and use a nail set.

Added: Poplar really doesn't stain well and you may want to predrill holes in hard to get spots or near the end of the moulding.

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There's a pre-stain treatment that opens up the grain (i think) and allows species of wood like poplar to absorb stain. I learned that one the hard way...
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thanks. It is 3/4 thick.
The stain is minwax "natural" and looks great.
I can see where you'd have a problem getting uniform coverage with a darker stain though.
Now I just hate to mark it up with nails..
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get a wax stick to fill the nail holes
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Hello, I'm looking for advice on how best to install stain grade baseboard moulding. (what size nails, etc) It is poplar, with very light stain and will be finished before mounting. I'm replacing trim over already installed carpet if it matters.

Its a small job, 40ft/6 pieces. Can I do this by hand, or is a nailer gun essential?
For nailing, make sure you find your wall studs to nail to, like say with a stud finder, or you will end up with a bunch of additional holes to fill.

Famowood is a great filler for stained wood,

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18537

Alternately, if your trim sits tight to the wall (i.e no wall humps or dips) you could attach with construction adhesive.

Also assuming you haven't cut yet, for your inside corners you should cope them (a coping saw is $10 at Lowes or HD), as it will give you a good result regardless of your wall's squareness, they rarely are. On the piece you cope cut the coped end first and then after you have a good cut, cut the other side for your outside corner or splice.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

Also a lot of guys like to pre-glue their outside corners, and for that something like this comes in handy,

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000M3G5EU/...U&linkCode=asn

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Nail, Set, Stain, then fill. Get 2 or 3 shades of putty that go from the lightest side to the darkest side of the colors in your stained wood. With a little practice and patience you can knead the different colors together to get a (hopefully) perfect match. Then apply any clear coat finish you want.

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