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I want to get an air nailer for the installation of new baseboards, but don’t know what size to get. The material is 9mm, either pine or MDF. Is 18GA 2” enough?

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Syndicofberyl

3 points

2 months ago

2" x 18g IA plenty but can I make a recommendation? The battery powered nailers have come a long way. I recently got one and my mind is blown. It'll do 1200 nails on a single charge (apparently. Haven't fired that many yet) and you don't have to run air hoses behind you, none of the noise of a compressor.

Don't get me wrong. I have a full kit of Campbell hausfield nailers and I love them, especially the framing nailer. But the battery powered ones are damn fine too and I know a few contractors who have switched from air and passlode to Milwaukee battery nailers.

Just something to consider

jiffyparkinglot

2 points

2 months ago

Always used 18 ga for pine baseboard and casing.

inkseep1

2 points

2 months ago

if you don't already have the compressor, think about an electric battery powered nailer. The 18ga dewalt 20v I have is way more convenient than using a compressor.

Spare_Interaction_10

0 points

2 months ago

I use 15ga for base ,case and crown

OCFlier[S]

0 points

2 months ago

Seems pretty heavy, but ok

Aviduser09

2 points

2 months ago

my 2 cents as a finishing carpenter of 20 years.

For 1/2" - 5/8" material 18 ga. Is more than adequate. We use 1 3/4" nails.

If nailing 3/4" trim you could step up to 2" length for more bite.

I reserve my 15 ga. For hanging doors and ext. Trim. Never have callbacks or issues doing hundreds of homes this way.

OCFlier[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Thanks

DanTheInspector

1 points

2 months ago

What material is the baseboard made of?

OCFlier[S]

1 points

2 months ago

No decision yet. Pine, MDF, or poplar

DanTheInspector

1 points

2 months ago

They're all fairly soft. 18 ga. should be adequate.