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dbower 01-21-2012 12:01 PM

Nails are cracking my quarter round trim
 
Novice here... Nails are cracking my quarter round trim. The quarter round appears to be made out of some sort of plastic instead of wood. Should I just use liquid nails to attach to wood trim?

Or are my nails to big?

Thanks for any and all help!

Daniel Holzman 01-21-2012 12:03 PM

You can predrill the holes for the nails, use a drill equal to the diameter of the nail shank.

rusty baker 01-21-2012 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman (Post 830019)
You can predrill the holes for the nails, use a drill equal to the diameter of the nail shank.

And it sounds like your nails are too big. I have installed many, many feet of that plastic crap and never cracked any.

dbower 01-21-2012 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by rusty baker (Post 830024)
And it sounds like your nails are too big. I have installed many, many feet of that plastic crap and never cracked any.

Thanks for the info all! :thumbsup:

Rusty, are you installing the trim without pre-drilling? Would like to avoid, if possible.

JazMan 01-21-2012 02:30 PM

The nails are too big, what are you using? Moldings will also crack if you fasten too close to an end.

Jaz

titanoman 01-21-2012 02:34 PM

It's amazing what clipping the tips or blunting the tips of the nails will do to stop splitting wood, but I don't know about the plastic stuff
('cause I'm a carpenter so all I know about is wood).

rusty baker 01-21-2012 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by dbower (Post 830144)
Thanks for the info all! :thumbsup:

Rusty, are you installing the trim without pre-drilling? Would like to avoid, if possible.

I never pre-drill. Dulling the ends as suggested can help, too.

dbower 01-21-2012 02:53 PM

What size nails to you recommend?

Thanks for the responses!!

titanoman 01-21-2012 02:55 PM

Like a 4d x 1-1/2.

firehawkmph 01-21-2012 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by dbower (Post 830196)
What size nails to you recommend?

Thanks for the responses!!

18 gauge brad nailer.
Mike Hawkins:)

JazMan 01-21-2012 03:31 PM

Thanks Mike. But if the DIY'er had a compressor and finishing nailer, we wouldn't be having this thread to answer. :laughing:You're right of course, nails are no way to install moldings. :yes:

Jaz

titanoman 01-21-2012 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by firehawkmph

18 gauge brad nailer.
Mike Hawkins:)

I doubt they have a compressor or the wood wouldn't be splitting.

florida56 01-21-2012 06:26 PM

I will rent a compressor and a nail gun which i think will take care of the problem.

firehawkmph 01-22-2012 02:51 PM

Most people know somebody with a brad tacker. I bought a porter cable that was a factory reconditioned for $35. Cheap enough to add to your toolbox even if you are just a homeowner. Plus they're fun to use.
Mike Hawkins:)

Sartrean 01-23-2012 04:05 AM

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Originally Posted by JazMan
Thanks Mike. But if the DIY'er had a compressor and finishing nailer, we wouldn't be having this thread to answer. :laughing:You're right of course, nails are no way to install moldings. :yes:

Jaz

What is the best way to install trim? I have an older home (1899) and the quarter round trim needs replacing in some areas. The current trim is nailed but after I pull it, what do you recommend?


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