Baseboards, also called skirting boards, are important decor tools oftentimes made of wood. They are panels used between the floor and the interior wall of a structure, especially in old houses.
When installed, they offer houses some defining features. They offer regality and prevent room dowdiness; but do you have to be a professional woodworker to install baseboards in a house? The answer is no! It is a simple procedure which any DIY enthusiast can undertake.
Placing a skirting board may seem like a difficult and expensive job, but it is not as hard as it seems. By having the right machinery, anyone can be able to prepare and place a baseboard in their home.
Great still, making attempts at installing baseboards is good for those who are trying to perfect their carpentry skills. You can apply the same installation procedures to all your trim works and with consistency, you’d be a maestro.
There are other methods of attaching baseboards without nails, as you can see in the video tutorial below:
However, for the sake of this article, we will focus on baseboards you can install with the use of nails.
How to install a baseboard with a hammer
What you’ll need
- A carpenter’s hammer
- Wood adhesive
- Bench saw
- The first thing to do is measure the entire perimeter to know exactly how many linear meters of baseboards we must have. Once we have the exact amount, we can proceed to the next step.
- Check all the walls to make sure that they are clean and even for placement.
- Take one of the strips of wood sockets and cut its end to perfect 45 degrees.
- Take another wood and repeat the process but in reverse. In this way, we make sure that the boards join each end perfectly. This process is the most fundamental step during the placing procedure. Therefore, we must make sure to do it with patience.
- After you make the cuttings, using the nails and hammer, proceed to place the baseboards, fixing it firmly to the wall so that they do not come off. Once you have done this, check the entire perimeter. From here, you can already enjoy some excellently-made wooden sockets.
How to install a baseboard with a nail gun
What you’ll need
- A pneumatic nailer
- Wood adhesive
- Miter saw or mitering machine
- Electric compressor
- A pair of gloves
- A pair of goggles
- Safety mask
- First of all, we need to know the baseboard meters that we will need (it is always advisable to take a few more meters in case some piece gets damaged).
- When you have all the measurements of the different rooms in which we will place the baseboard, cut it to bevel. For those who do not know the bevel cut, it is a cut made at 45 degrees, which allows you to join two different pieces without noticing the cut. This type of cut is achievable with a miter saw.
- Once you make the skirting cut, proceed to fi it on the wall. For this, you will need a pneumatic nailer without a head and a compressor. The nails used by this nailer do not have a head. The nails are of different lengths, depending on the thickness of the skirting board.
Note, the suitable machine to cut the skirting board is the metering machine. It allows us to make the bevel cut of 45 degrees and make straight cuts with the top part, being able to use it as a cutting table.
However, the miter saw is usable by an operator even if he has no previous experience in the use of miter saws.
As for safety measures in the use of miter saws, we recommend using gloves, goggles and safety mask (in addition to all those recommended by the manufacturer in the instruction manual).
The nailer is very easy to use. Any operator can use it even if he has no previous experience in the use of nailers.
How to choose the right nailer?
Depending on the type of work you would love to make, you have to choose a specific type of nailer based on the thickness of the nail used.
The pneumatic nailers are the most popular types of nail guns. They use the push of the air coming from a compressor.
Either to place a wooden frieze on the wall, to fix a skirting board or to assemble or fix a piece of furniture, a pneumatic nailer is suitable in all these cases. If you want to know more about this tool, we will show you how to choose the right nailer.
Types of pneumatic nailers
Depending on the size of the nail, pneumatic nailers can be:
- 2mm nailer: It is the most common, economical and easy to find nailer. It uses brads (nails with head) and offers a thickness of 1.2 mm. They are relatively strong nails and their head provides a good grip. On the other hand, they are more complicated to hide their trace. It’s recommended for use for jobs that require a stronghold. This type of nailer is usually used for rear placement on furniture, nailing of baseboards on walls made only of plasterboard and assembly of wooden structures, among other things. The length of the nails can vary between 15 and 50 mm in length.
- 6 mm nailer: This nail gun is for pins (nails without head) or mini brads (small nails with head) of 0.6mm of thickness. They are light and manageable nailers. They are suitable for nailing wood on wood such as placement of moldings and door jambs. They are hardly noticeable nails and very easily hidden before applying the varnishing or painting the furniture. They are ideal for all those jobs in which we need to place pieces that are not too heavy and do not require great support. Their nails have a length of between 15 to 30 mm.
- 8 mm nailer: These nailers use pins and mini brads slightly thicker than the 0.6mm nailer. They are often used for the fastening of lightly-weighted pieces of wood in furniture such as large moldings, slats, drawers, and other tasks. They are also easily concealed, although they provide a better grip. The length of nails used in this ranges between 15 and 40 mm.
- 4mm/1.8mm nailer: These types of nailers are often used for heavy work or on hard surfaces. It can throw nails of tempered steel that do not bend on walls of brick or cement. Hence, they would be the most indicated for fixings to the wall or for heavy structures. Its nail leaves a quite noticeable mark which makes them the most difficult to conceal and hide. Its length varies between 18 and 50 mm.
Some frequently asked questions on baseboard installation
Can you nail trim into drywall?
Yes, you can nail baseboard trims into drywall. You have to choose trim nails which can penetrate at least half an inch in the studs.
What size nails do you use for a trim?
15-gauge nails which measure about 1-1/4 inches to 2-1/2 inches in length are strong and suitable enough for heavy trims and door jambs. Standard finish nails often work fine but many woodworkers also opt for the galvanized finish nails.
How far apart do you nail baseboards?
We will suggest you nail baseboards at every 2 feet or 16 inches.
Can I use a brad nailer for baseboards?
When installing heavy or large pieces of baseboard trims, the brad nailer wouldn’t possess the required holding power such as a finish nailer can offer. However, you can use brad nailers on ceilings. Basically, brads are most suitable for lightweight trims.
As you can see, the placement of a baseboard is simpler than it seems. With a little information, the right machinery and desire to do it, anyone can be able to carry out the work.
We hope you enjoyed the article and the information therein will help you. We hope this article will help you during the installation process of baseboards in your home.
Do not forget to let us know your experience while trying one of the explained methods of installing baseboards with nails and hammer or a nail gun.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to install a baseboard with a hammer
- 2 How to install a baseboard with a nail gun
- 3 How to choose the right nailer?
- 4 Types of pneumatic nailers
- 5 Some frequently asked questions on baseboard installation
- 6 Conclusion