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04-11-2017 12:29 PM

I’m going to be putting up some 6” T&G pine on vaulted ceiling. I will be using lengths from 3’ to 16’. My question is will my 18 gauge brad nailer be enough for the job or do I have to buy a 16 gauge nailer?


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#1 posted 04-11-2017 12:34 PM

I don’t know.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 03:22 PM

How are you planning to nail it? Are you just nailing it flat through the face of the board, or are you going in at an angle through the tongue side so the nail holes are hidden in the groove of the next board?

Also, what are you nailing it to? In other words, on the back side, what are the nails going to be driven into to hold the boards?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 07:24 PM

I intended to hide the nails in the groove and will be nailing them to the 2×10 roof rafters every 16”. The gun I have will shoot 2”-18 gauge brads.

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 07:27 PM

I would use a finish nailer. From my own experience, brads will only hold light trim.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 04-11-2017 10:01 PM

Clearly, 2” brads would hold if you were going through the face of the board, two brads at each rafter. Nailing through the thinner part to hide the brads might be an issue due to the small head on the brad.

I’d suggest putting up a couple of courses and see how solid it feels.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 04-11-2017 10:23 PM

I’d use a 2”-16 gauge brad. If you must use your 18 gauge nailer, I’d defintly suppliment the brads with construction adhesive. Shoot into the tongue on an angle, that way you will get more meat under the brad head and the 2x. If you shoot the groove, your only going to capture 1/4” of the board thickness, and also make interference problems when you try to fit up the tongue of the next piece. I’m assuming your using 1” x 6” material.
If you shoot a brad that sits proud of the tongue its much easier to smack it in with a nail punch, then if it were shot into the groove. Try a sample, shooting the larger size brad into your stock. If your having trouble spliting the tongue, you might want to consider a finish stapler, similar to the type used to lay engineered plywood strip flooring.

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#7 posted 04-11-2017 10:55 PM

Prap,

I used 16 gauge finish nails to hang 6” wide x ¾” T&G cedar planks on our ceiling. I do not recall the nail length, probably 2”. The planks were nailed through the tongue every 16”. I have seen no issues since installing the ceiling (2 or 3 years ago). I did not consider 18 gauge brads because I was worried that if the lighter gauge brads failed, I would have a lot work re-doing the ceiling.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 12:47 AM



I d defintly suppliment the brads with construction adhesive.

- JayCee123

I think that’s a great suggestion regardless of what fasteners you use.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 09:40 AM

Thanks guys , after taking everything into consideration looks like I’ll be looking for a 16 gauge gun. I know I said was going to nail in the groove but what meant was the V groove, yes I will be nailing through the tongue on an angle. I think I will try a couple of rows to see how strong it is. Thanks for all the feedback I appreciate it.

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