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#1 posted 12-24-2010 04:44 AM

Just this summer I acquired a compressor and bought an 18 ga brad nailer. I ended up using a lot of 2” nails. Blowout can be a problem, but I’ve found that 2” nails hold like nothing else.

A couple of weeks ago, I put up about 70 feet of chair rail up the stairs and around the hallway in my house. I used 2” nails for the main body (tried to hit every other stud) and 5/8” on all the outside mitered corners (all with construction adhesive too). I actually had one 2” do a complete 180 and come back out the chair rail ~ 1/2” from where it went in. I wonder if there was a rock in the plaster.

I love woodworking with this thing. Rather than tying up all my clamps for each glueup, I clamp and glue, nail brads to hold everything together while the glue dries and move the clamps on to the next stage.

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