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Another baseboarding question (doing my first ever baseboards tonight, changed the blade on an old mitre saw last night and ready to go).

How long should the finishing nails be? My baseboards are about 5/8" I think, drywall is 1/2" I think, and I have 2" finishing nails which I am thinking might be too long. I don't want to have to work too hard to get them in, as I'll be banging them in by hand. I'm thinking maybe 1.5" would be better. Any rhyme or reason for how long finishing nails should be?

Also, should I bang them into the stud and the sole plate? or just the studs?

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