Number 18 Brads for small trim

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Forum topic by TLE posted 10-12-2009 08:17 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2009 08:17 PM

Is there any good reason to not use number 18 brads to attach some 3/4 inch pine cove to existing interior trim? This seems adequate to me and reduces the possibility of splits from number 16 or 15 nails. Also smaller holes to fill. Have I got something wrong here?


Tim Ellestad

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 09:48 PM

Tim, brads will work just fine. You could even use a pin nailer for attaching small trim like this. The pin nails, being headless, are almost invisible and may not even need filling.

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 10:57 PM

Yep, the 18 brads will work fine.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 12:30 AM

23 gauge much better


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#4 posted 10-13-2009 08:43 AM

Hey guys -

Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.


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#5 posted 10-13-2009 02:47 PM

Tim, as a trim carpenter, let me tell you that you have it right. I use 1 1/4 brads in that situation.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 04:14 AM

I second Julians remarks.

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 11:36 PM

I second a1Jim’s remarks!

No wait, I guess I third Julian’s remarks.


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