I have a very big chore in front of me! The trim in our master bedroom has never matched the wood in our doors, windows and cabinets, so I decided to paint it all to match. This choice saved us literally hundreds of dollars, as the solid wood trim alone was going to be $400, and you add labor to that price and you see what we were in for!
Taking the old trim off with a crow bar is not very hard, and even sanding and painting the trim is not hard, just time consuming. However, I ran into problems when it was time to put the painted trim back on my walls. Our contractor used a nail gun, and the trim had been held in place by soft brads, not nails. These bend very easily, and when using a hammer as I am, they are hard to get back into place without bending.
When attempting to attach the pieces of trim that were on the corners of our room, there was metal flashing on the wall, and the brads were simply too soft to get through that, bending on me and making the job a very frustrating one.
Luckily my husband had a package of Grip Rite Panelboard Nails in his tool belt, and these were the perfect answer for my problem! Grip Rite Panelboard Nails come in a small plastic case, my does not say how many it contains, but it weighs 6 ounces. These are perfect finish nails! They are a dark brown color, measure 1 5/8 inches in length, and they have ridges around the nail shaft, reminding me of the features of a screw, but obviously on a much smaller scale.
The metal heads of the brads I took out of my trim were colored silver, which meant I would have to drive them deeper into the trim (something that a nail gun could easily do, but not a hammer), and if I had been able to use them that would have left a silver colored nail head on my brown trim. Not very attractive. Instead, the Grip Rite Panelboard Nails have dark brown colored heads, and they blend in perfectly with my painted trim.
Grip Rite Panelboard Nails come in a variety of colors to match the different wood species, and I love using these nails. They will bend, but they are much more durable than the silver colored brads that I had been trying to make work. The package reads “Ideal for attaching panel board to wood furring or studs”, and the label states that they are not for exterior use.
When I used these Grip Rite Panelboard Nails to nail through the trim, the metal flashing, sheet rock, and studs, these nails were the perfect solution. They went right in without any effort on my part. If you are a do-it-yourself-er, you might have occasion to use these nails, and they come with my highest recommendation.
Grip Rite Panelboard Nails are distributed by Prime Source Building Products, Inc.