How To Nail Baseboard With Nail Gun

Nail guns are the best way to drive nails or for framing nail purposes. You can operate nail guns via different methods such as air compressors, propane, butane, and many other. They come in handy while working with chair rail, quarter round, baseboards, sheathing, and many more. The working and procedure of nail guns might be easy but you should not use them on your own without any proper guidance or training. You must also be looking for how to nail baseboard with nail guns to do it the proper way.

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For your help and to ease your stress, we brought a very simple and easy procedure that you can use to learn how to nail baseboard with a nail gun. The procedure is divided into smaller and multiple steps so you can easily understand all the work and what you will be required to do. We researched and analyzed this matter at length and the only thing you have to do is to pay full attention while going through the process for better understanding.

How to Nail Baseboard with a Nail Gun – Step by Step:

Baseboards attached to the wall not only look fascinating but also helps in keeping your wall protected from scratches and other marks. It is attached to the wall and floor to give a finishing design to your room. Here is the step-by-step guide that we promised you above on how to nail baseboard with a nail gun.

Let’s get started with the first step of the procedure.

Step 1: Right Nail Gun:

The first step of the procedure is to find the right nail gun that works perfectly fine for you. There are different types of nail guns for different purposes such as framing nailer, brad nailer, gas-powered nailer, finish nailer, and air-powered or pneumatic nailer. Installing a baseboard can easily be done with a finishing nail gun as it is easy to handle and control. The finishing nail gun has the capability to hold large pieces for fixing.

Step 2: Preparing Equipment:

The second step you will have to do is prepare all the equipment and tools required for nailing a baseboard with a nail gun. The other tools or materials that you will require for this procedure are as follow:

  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Coping saw
  • Gloves
  • Protection glasses
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper

We prepared the list of tools or equipment you will need while fixing or installing the baseboard so you do not have to stop during the steps to go and find the required materials. We recommend you make a checklist so it can be easy for you to know what materials you need to collect.

Step 3: Measuring:

After you have gathered all the materials and tools, it is time to measure the area of your wall, floor, and baseboards. You have to make sure all the measurements are precise and accurate so they do not create a problem for you while or after installation. If the piece of baseboards is larger than the required length then you can cut them with a coping saw but if they are smaller then you can join two pieces to complete the length.

Step 4: Cutting:

The next step of installing a baseboard is to cut the baseboards according to the measurements you took in step number 3. There are different cutting methods so you can get a perfect and seamless baseboard attachment. You must cut baseboards at the angle of 45 degrees to join them with glue for bigger lengths.

Step 5: Fixing Baseboard:

Fixing or installation of a baseboard is the most crucial part of the procedure as it will determine the results of your hard work. Apply some wood glue to the back of baseboard pieces and attach them to the wall at your desired place. Make sure you place it at the right place because it cannot be changed or altered.

Step 6: Nailing:

Attaching the baseboards to a wall with glue will prove to be helpful when you start nailing because it will not move and you can easily secure it more by driving the nails in. Nails with a length of 1.5 inches will work best for installing baseboards. Whiling using a nail gun to drive nails in the baseboard, make sure you wear protective glasses and gloves to protect yourself from any damage or complication.

Step 7: Finishing:

The last step of this procedure is to give a finishing look to the baseboard so it can look smooth and seamless for an attractive design. You can use sandpaper to remove any extra glue or wood pieces from the baseboard. Also, you will have to add wood filler in the gaps between the baseboard and wall.

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Since you are at the conclusion of this guide, we hope that you must have gone through all the steps of the procedure so you can learn how to nail baseboard with a nail gun. Let’s revise everything that we tried to understand in the guide so you can check back if you missed something while you still have time. First, we have a little introduction to nail guns, their working, and the baseboard. Then we moved to our main target of the guide which is the procedure.

The procedure included steps like choosing the perfect nail gun for yourself, then preparing the equipment you need to work with. Measuring, cutting, and fixing baseboards is a little technical and complex task so you will have to do it with full attention. At last, we did the rest of the nailing and finished the procedure by smoothing and cleaning the area. We hope that our efforts must have proved to be beneficial for you and enjoyed the detailed guide with us.

Thomas Oscar

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