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I am trying to add trim to my hallway, I wanted something substantial so I have cut really hardy good wood at 1 inch thick and about 6 inches wide... so i just dont know how to attach the trim to my drywall. Any suggestions? Screws would be really ugly.. nails wont stick.. glue doesnt seem secure enough, HELP!!
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Date:April 19th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
finishing nails?
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Date:April 19th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
Okay, since you're too shy to call a carpenter who makes a living at this sort of thing, (or too cheap), less do some basic math. Your new trim is one inch thick. (I have no idea why you need it this thick since most baseboard trim - the six inch wide stuff - is usually 3/4 of and inch thick or even less. Your drywall is one half inch thick, and is in turn nailed and screwed into the framing (2 x 4's). In order to just touch the framing your nails must be 1-1/2" inches long. To make your trim gain purchase into the framing you want to get nails that are another whole inch long. So, that means you need nails that are 2-1/2" long. You also should know where your framing is in order to know where to shoot these nails and hit the frame. The base plate is laid flatwise on the floor and is only 1-1/2 inches high, while the framing studs are spaced usually 16 inches on center. If you tap on the walls with your stiff finger you can hear where they are by tapping across the wall until you find a less and less hollow sound, or you can use a stud sensor which beeps when you are centered over a drywall screw, which usually is centered over a stucd.

Now you can either go get these nails and a nail set to submerge them into the trim boards, or you can get a trim nailer that shoots them in in one shot. It all depends on how much time you want to spend on your project, or money. A good nail gun for this purpose could set you back about $125 dollars. Then you need an air-compressor to power it. Call it another $125.

I think you could have called a carpenter and got a hallway done for about $80 bucks with you supplying the trim boards.
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
make sure its level, and if you dont have a stud sensor, measure every 16 inches from a corner to find a stud, and nail in the 2.5 inch boards like the others said to

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