How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun - Fine Homebuilding

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Theres a Better Way


How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun

comments (3) August 29th, 2014 in Blogs
Kevini Kevin Ireton, editor-at-large


Produced by: John Ross and Kevin Ireton


If you need to tack a piece of trim in place temporarily so you can remove it later, then you will want the nail to be sticking out a little bit. You could go get your hammer, try to find an old-fashioned nail, and bang that nail part of the way in, but there's a better way.

T.D. Culver of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, came up with this simple little jig--a small piece of wood with a little V-notch in it. The critical dimension here is that it's only 3/8-in. thick.

Here's how it works. You hold it in place, position the tip of the gun over the notch, and fire a nail into the piece of trim. There we go--I've got the nail sticking out so I can remove it easily later.

Great tip, T.D. Thanks for sending that in.

 

Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular contributors in the near future.

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