Brad nailer recommendations- what to use when

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Forum topic by Michigander posted 03-08-2014 08:51 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2014 08:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brad nailer recommendations

I am remodeling our kitchen and as part of that I am installing 3/8” beadboard around the island and 1/4 round at the joint of the floor and the cabinet toe kick.
I am looking at getting a brad nailer to help speed the installation and wondered if there are general guidelines as to what size gage gun to get for various applications as well as how long the nail should be.
I have a 23 gage pin nailer that I use for furniture projects but I use that to hold the trim in place when gluing. The 23 gage pins don’t seem substantial enough to hold the beadboard in place nor the 1/4 round without glue.
Should I get a 18 gage nailer and what length nails do I need to various thickness boards?
Also recommendations on what brand to buy would be appreciated.
Maybe this is a dumb question but I appreciate your input. All the stuff I have found on the internet is not specific as to what to use.
Thanks for your help.
John in Michigan

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 09:12 PM

Horror Freight has their 18g brad nailer on sale for $19.99 right now, which would be about $15 with a 25% off coupon.


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#2 posted 03-08-2014 09:41 PM

I have 16 ga., 18 ga. 23 ga. nailers.
I have found that the 16 and 18 ga. nailers will do all I need.
Some may suggest the 15 ga., but my 16 has been though 2 home trims. They were the U.S. made PC nailers, and I have no relevance as to how the “new” Asian tools work.


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