Nail strips to the wall

Floor and moldings are usually either glued or nailed. Depending on the material, the right technique must be chosen when nailing. With the right nails and the right tool, strips can not be fastened to walls any easier and faster. However, the walls must also provide sufficient support.

Wall texture and condition

Nailing is a method of attachment with little effort and is therefore fast. The common materials that make up strips are easy to penetrate with suitable nails and without damage. Prerequisite for nailing, however, is the wall condition. Even if bars have only low weight and are hardly exposed to stress, the nail tip must find sufficient support.

The following factors should be checked before nailing:

  • Can the nail penetrate the wall substance or only through a superficial layer of plaster?
  • Is the wall made of reinforced concrete, that does not form holes when nailed, but breaks out at most?
  • Is the wall substance soft and brittle, as is the case with limestone and sandstone?
  • Are supply lines at the points to be nailed to be feared?

Material and tools

Three materials that make up strips must be treated and processed individually during nailing.

Wood strips have a grain direction. When a nail penetrates, a "caught" fiber can cause it to rip. Very thin nails and as far as possible distances to the groin sides, edges and ends reduce the risk.

Styrofoam is very soft and sensitive to pressure. When hammering on the nail with a flat and blunt hammer head, dents and bumps quickly develop. An extension mandrel with the tip on the nail head reduces this risk.

Laminate is made of different plastics. When driving through a nail, the outer mostly hard jewelry layer may burst if the nail reaches the soft "inner life" too suddenly. Frequent short and light blows with a small hammer help prevent the bursting.

Tips & Tricks

Use stainless steel or wire pins with the smallest possible diameter. They cause the slightest "displacement" of the strip material and reduce the damage of the material. When nailing strips, the depth of the penetrated nail in the ground is more important for the hold than its thickness and size.


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