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Old 05-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Nailers 16 gauge or 18 gauge ?

Hi Guys,
I am planning to buy a nailer to finish my windows installation project. I am not a professional, just a hobbyist doing home renos.

currently, Canadian Tire has a 16 gauge gun for sale, from $200 to $80.

I am planning to use the gun to frame the window trim/jam extension stuff, and may need it to nail the exterior door/window trim (those 2" wide about 1" thick trim).

It seems 18 gauge is too small for exterior door trim? But will 16 gauge too big for interior window trim?



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Old 05-12-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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why not take a look at the 15 gauge?
i've used it extensively for light trim such as door and window casings, frame and panel, crown molding, etc...

i probably would not use it to hang a door with, but anything else it's great.

i have the hitachi 15g angled finish nailer.

good luck.


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Old 06-25-2010, 10:17 PM   #3
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I use an 18 gauge to nail trim to jambs, then a 15 ga around the outer perimeter of the trim to attach to walls.

If you can afford it, buy 1 of each. It sucks when you try to attach trim to jambs with a 15 or 16 ga nailer and shank a nail through a jamb.
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