01:40PM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
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I want to install wainscoting in the dining room of my 1927 home.

I am wondering if I can use a brad nailer to secure the panels right to the wall, or if I need to secure some wood to the wall first to nail the panels to.

I would rather nail the panels right to the wall, but if that is not going to work, I'd like to know up front.



05:47PM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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First Q is whether you have real plaster or drywall. SR gives you nothing to nail to. Old plaster has lathe within but it might be too loose to nail to.

Me - I would use PL Premium polyurethene Constuction Adhesive and my finish nail gun. That's if the plaster is sound. Loose plaster woiuld fall righ apart so you might as well take it off.


07:42AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Properly, you need the furring nailers. I'm assuming vertical beadboard... there are a thousand different styles, but 1927 usually is a Vgroove vertical with bead.. with that you will. Where as with panels you may not, and with ply it's as Piffin says.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


01:32PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
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I forgot to say that, the walls are plaster.

So you think glue the panels right to the wall and then use the brad nailer (that is the same as a finish nailer right?) Or glue the panels and then use a furring nailer (I have to look that one up).

I've set plastic anchors in the wall to hang shelving and such on. If the plaster can handle that it can probably handle the brad nails right?

Mark Hammond

03:21PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
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I have to agree with the furring idea. The strips allow air to curculate behind the wainscotting and this will help to keep down warping. The old way using panels on a wall was always furred out first.....MJH


03:23PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Are you going to use panels or individual strips? If you are going to use panels then just nail at the studs. I would not use adhesive. If you decide to remodel in the future then your plaster will be destroyed when you try to remove the wainscotting.
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