06:23AM | 04/04/10
Member Since: 04/03/10
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I'll be using a framing nailer for the first time to put up 3/4" 80 year old solid chestnut baseboard, door and window casings. Will I be able to tell if I actually hit the stud? And if so, how? Will it sound or feel differently? Also how long should the nail be if I'm going through 5/8" drywall.



12:14AM | 04/21/10
Member Since: 12/27/02
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You would use a finishing gun, not a framing.

Use a heavier gauge with a finish head nail that will penetrate your framing 1"

If the elec. & plumbing is done correctly this should leave you clearance.

Set your air compression at probably 90-100 to start and see if it will sink the head slightly below the surface.

Casing will hit 3" to the side of the jamb typically.

The base, you have 1 1/2" above the subfloor to hit at the bottom.

For the top locate a receptacle, typically electricians are right handed so nail the box to the right of the stud.

Drive in a screw to locate the center and sides.

Use a stud finder on a dense setting probably 16" on center (maybe 24") to find the next two. Lay your tape on the floor and go by the on/center marks on the tape, check periodically you are staying with the stud layout with a "screw check" that the nailing is going home.

With more use you will notice a subtle change in sound and feel when you hit home with a finisher, but with chestnut you'll find this difficult as it's a dense hardwood.

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04:45PM | 01/08/11
Member Since: 11/25/10
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I would say try using a stud finder and mark where each stud you want to nail is located.


01:46AM | 02/28/12
Member Since: 02/17/12
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Aftereagle’s reply hit the nail on the head, no pun intended. But that is sound advice that will definitely help your situation out. I usually don’t dabble in DIY much, and prefer to even get the guys to install the furniture I buy for me to reduce my trouble.


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