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    Default Installing moulding onto plaster wall

    Hello,

    I'm planning to install a picture moulding in my dining room.
    The walls are lath and plaster. Can anyone tell me what the best way to attach the wood moulding is?

    I'd prefer not to attach it with adhesive/glue such that it could be modified in the future.

    I generally dont like to hammer nails because I'm afraid it will vibrate the lath and damage the plaster

    Does a finish nailer cut down on the vibration and potential plaster damage?

    Or, is it best to drill pilot holes before nailing?

    I've never done any trim work before, so any and all advice is welcome.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Installing moulding onto plaster wall

    Finish nailer would probably do the least amount of damage.
    Jack
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    Default Re: Installing moulding onto plaster wall

    Ok, ive done some more reading, and it sounds like finish nails might not be strong enough to hold the picture moulding up let alone keep it up with picture frames hanging from it.

    has anyone used trim head screws such as these before?
    http://www.grkfasteners.com/en/TRIM_0_information.htm

    Do you recommend them, will they support more weight than finish nails assuming both are driven into studs?

    The trim I'm putting up is 1.5" wide 2/4 oak.

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    Default Re: Installing moulding onto plaster wall

    I replied on the other thread. I think finish nails are fine. The ones I used were 7D (2 1/4") and with one every 16 inches, it will be plenty sturdy if they're in the studs.
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    Default Re: Installing moulding onto plaster wall

    Quote Originally Posted by mcomisar View Post
    Ok, ive done some more reading, and it sounds like finish nails might not be strong enough to hold the picture moulding up let alone keep it up with picture frames hanging from it.

    has anyone used trim head screws such as these before?
    http://www.grkfasteners.com/en/TRIM_0_information.htm

    Do you recommend them, will they support more weight than finish nails assuming both are driven into studs?

    The trim I'm putting up is 1.5" wide 2/4 oak.
    Trimheads from GRK are great. When attaching moldings to plaster I use LockTite PowerGrab adhesive too. Allows you to use less fasteners, cleans up with water, and the high tack helps hold the molding in place.

    Careful with air nailers, some plaster is so hard, the nails will curl back around and come after you... some of the time.

    All the best,

    Basswood

    http://basswoodcarpentry.com/

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