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Old 01-21-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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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?

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

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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.
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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!

Rusty, are you installing the trim without pre-drilling? Would like to avoid, if possible.
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The nails are too big, what are you using? Moldings will also crack if you fasten too close to an end.

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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).
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Thanks for the info all!

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.
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What size nails to you recommend?

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Like a 4d x 1-1/2.

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What size nails to you recommend?

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

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18 gauge brad nailer.
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I doubt they have a compressor or the wood wouldn't be splitting.
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I will rent a compressor and a nail gun which i think will take care of the problem.
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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.
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Thanks Mike. But if the DIY'er had a compressor and finishing nailer, we wouldn't be having this thread to answer. You're right of course, nails are no way to install moldings.

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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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