How To Attach Molding with a Pin Nailer

Attaching molding with a pin nailer can be a challenging task for first timers. The most common mistake is nailing near the end of your molding, this often times result in splitting the wood. Where as a good old fashion nail and hammer, though tedious, won’t allow for that to happen, erroneously using a pin nailer will. A pin nailer is a high powered tool that allows for concentrated air pressure to punch nails deep down into the wood, rendering a tiny hole visible on the surface. It is a fairly quick, smooth and sturdy process. This kind of technology eliminates the need for your crude hammer, driller, etc. The following will be needed:  pin nailer, nail strips, trim nails and hammer nails, readied moldings, electronic stud finer, masking tape, and drill with pilot bit.

The following guidelines will instruct you as how to go about your project:

  1. Sturdy off you molding. Finish of your moldings, the cuts and measurements. Hold it against the wall and see if it fits snugly. Often faulty measurement and fit results in unwanted or forced attachments, which can be unsightly.
  2. Finding studs. Using your stud finder, scan your wall as to where the studs are located. Just above the trim line of each stud, put a piece of tape to mark their location.
  3. Pin nailer. Hold the molding into position. With your pin nailer loaded with nail strips, attach your nailer onto the air compressor. Now position you pin nailer along the tape marks just under where the studs at the center of the board and around an inch away from the top. Press the pin nailer in place firmly then shoot the nail in. 
  4. Second nail. Shoot in another nail an inch away from the bottom of your trim, right just below the first one. Continue nailing the pins in both directions in the designated tape area where stud marks are found. 
  5. Final blow. About 6 inches off from the edge of the trim. Drill pilot holes instead and use a hammer to pound in the last pair of trim nails. On top of it use your nails sets to pound in the trim nails.
  6. Remove tape marks. Afterwards you may proceed to removing the tape markers for the stud. 

As with any home projects, always take safety precautions. Use a safety face mask or eye goggles intended of such kind of work or project. Keep your face as far back as possible when nailing, as sometimes shrapnel may fly back. Wear protective gloves. Closely watch what and where you are nailing. Start and end your project with a complete set of nails and fingers. It is advisable as well to ask the aid of an assistant who knows how and what you are doing. Refer to books or online help such as this for better ideas and grasp of what project you plan to work on. So, keep safe, have fun, and good luck! 


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