Originally Posted by sdsester
I agree so long as you are using quality nails. I have piloted when hand nailing hardwoods to protect from splitting but that is a non-issue with MDF or drywall.
However, working in a tight space like a closet, I can see where pilot holes might come in handy to a point.
Also, I have worked on antique homes where the framing lumber has dried and hardened to almost a steel like state. In some instances I have found that I had to drill pilot holes into the studs because the nails just kept bending. Even blown nails would not seat and bounce back at the gun.
By the way, wandering a bit off topic but related. Carry an old candle stub from the Holiday tables with you in your tool box/belt and coat nails and screws going into the kind of studs I mention. Makes a big difference.
One thing to watch for is the MDF will usually have a bumped up place where it is nailed most times, all you will need to do is cut or sand the bump off.
I agree with the wax on the nails, it will allow them to go in much easier especially in old hardwood. Some of that wood in the old antique homes is harder than superman's knee caps. One thing to watch out for when using the wax, sometimes it can get on the hammer head and make driving nails pretty tough, I usually won't drive the nail the last lick to keep the wax off then set it with a nail set. Another note is, be careful using the wax in some woods as it will heat and spread and will not stain well over the waxed spot. Same goes for using wax on screws.