I'm remodeling my M. I. L. 's kitchen and need a nail gun to install a maple valance board and cove molding between top of kitchen cabinets and ceiling. I'd like to buy a 16 gauge finishing nailer thinking it would hold better than 18 gauge nailer. The maple is very hard and I'm worred about cracking. Any ideas? I also don't want to spend more than $130.00, any recomendations? Thanks much!
Blu, 18 gauge nails are plenty strong. For trim smaller than your maple, the pro's are starting to use 23 gauge.
Besides an 18 gauge nailer can be used to shoot brads all the way from 2" down to 1/2".
18 Gauge Nailers are frequently on sale at the Big Box stores. nailers less than $130 are pneumatic nailers that need an air compressor to operate. If you do not have a compressor, there are sales that include both the Gun and a small compressor.
18 gauge Nailers without the compressor can be found
in the $100 range and less e.g.