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Hi,

Just a quick question i have been wondering about, my wife wanted to design our wall using baseboards and all that. I used a nail gun to mount the baseboards to the wall to her design but then it hit me that behind the wall there was vapour barrier as the other side of the wall is the exterior. I was just curious if this was a bad thing because the nails for sure made holes in the vapour barrier as it went through the drywall, or is the holes just small enough that its okay? Just a thought because i was always taught that there should be no holes at all. Thank you in advance
 

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Hi,

Just a quick question i have been wondering about, my wife wanted to design our wall using baseboards and all that. I used a nail gun to mount the baseboards to the wall to her design but then it hit me that behind the wall there was vapour barrier as the other side of the wall is the exterior. I was just curious if this was a bad thing because the nails for sure made holes in the vapour barrier as it went through the drywall, or is the holes just small enough that its okay? Thank you in advance
Your main concern is air entering the wall cavity, the holes you put they the drywall won't let that happen. And you will likely caulk the edges of the trim to further seal the wall.
 

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Trim, baseboards, etc., should be nailed into plates, studs, nailers, and never just through drywall.

Just my opinion.
I would never install plastic in a wall unless it was smart plastic and knew the difference between summer and winter.
 

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Trim, baseboards, etc., should be nailed into plates, studs, nailers, and never just through drywall.

Just my opinion.
I would never install plastic in a wall unless it was smart plastic and knew the difference between summer and winter.
Nails on a toe nail in opposing directions will hold fine, just like those picture hangers do.
 
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