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Old 12-12-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Door Casing and Pneumatic Nailer

I'm installing new casing around several doors. My question is, I have a Porter-Cable brad nailer and a finish nailer. Which should I be using to do the install? Also what size nails should I use? I was going to use the finish nailer with 16ga. 2" nails. I should have also mentioned that I have aluminum studs. Will that be a problem when I begin installing chair rail and crown?
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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The way i have installed the trim to metal studs is to clinch nail the casing. I run two row of construction caulking adhesive along top and bottom edges of chair rail or mouldings , then toe nail the chair rail up at a 45 degree angle and again above it at the top angled down at a 45 degree angle, thus clinching it to the wall. then wipe away the excess caulking that has pushed out with a wet sponge then shaped with a rag.
As for door casings it depends on how they framed the door openings, just metal ? or ripped 2x inserted into the stud cavities?. If its just metal I would chose to use the trim screws. as for the shock of the operation of the doors. if its wood filled I would go with the nails.
This has worked for me for years with good results, But what works for me might be diffrent from others. Good luck BOB.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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As Bob stated, the key is to use construction adhesive and trim-head screws for installing molding onto steel studs.

Examples of trim head screws:

There are several methods to installing moldings over the steel framing. Here are some of the most common ones:

1.) Use only trim head screws.

2.) Use Trim heads and construction adhesive.

3.) Use Nails and construction adhesives. Then add screws where needed (while the construction adhesive is still elastic).

I prefer # 3, for expediancy.

When nailing, you alternate the direction of the nails: &
This gives the installation more holding power.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:39 PM   #4
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Use the glue and the trim screws.
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