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Old 07-30-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hello all - our kitchen/new addition remodel is entering the finished carpentery stage. I'm planning on doing all the window casings, quarter rounds etc. I have a 16 gauge brad gun but have been told it would be better to use a 18 gauge gun. Would I acheive a substantially cleaner look with the 18 gauge? Thanks

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Hello all - our kitchen/new addition remodel is entering the finished carpentery stage. I'm planning on doing all the window casings, quarter rounds etc. I have a 16 gauge brad gun but have been told it would be better to use a 18 gauge gun. Would I acheive a substantially cleaner look with the 18 gauge? Thanks
You fill the holes with either, so the result should be the same. The length of the nail should be at least 2 1/2" so it hits the framing for a good hold.
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Thanks for the heads-up on the fastener length. The guy doing my floor said he uses 18 gauge for most all interior finish. It got me thinking about buying a 18 gauge but I think I'll save my money and cover the holes well.
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I would just use what you have. If you good a filling holes then it won't be seen anyway.
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the hitachi is my favorite

available at lowes and often on sale for $59

brad guns shoot a max of a 2" pin

2-1/2" nails would be the length of an 8d, that's totally overkill for hanging trim. you just need something that will go through the trim, rock and 1/2" into the stud.
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I was in Harbor Freight the other day and bought an 18 gauge brad/staple gun for $25.00 (I know, you get what you pay for.)
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I was in Harbor Freight the other day and bought an 18 gauge brad/staple gun for $25.00 (I know, you get what you pay for.)
I only have a few HF guns, for the neighbors to borrow. They don't even get included in the family photos.
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