Attaching baseboard molding

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Old 02-27-16, 02:50 PM
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Attaching baseboard molding

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I'm doing a quick fix, not a renovation, so I'm not looking for a perfect solution, just something that is somewhat OK. The baseboard moldings at my place got detached from the walls and are falling apart from the walls. I want to attach them back.

The problem is that there is concrete behind the drywall (this is a condo in a high rise building), so the nails have to be short, 1" or even 3/4" at some places. And with these little nails (I'm using finishing nails), the nail set doesn't work, it slips. I'm using the smallest nail set (1/32") that is available at home depot. So, I'm not able to sink the heads of the nails into the baseboard.

Any advice? Maybe replace finishing nails by some other kind of nails? Or maybe there is some other simple tool? Or should I just try to sink them more with the nail set I have? I'm including a photo. Any advice is welcome.
 
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Old 02-27-16, 03:10 PM
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Clamp the bottom together across the 5" side and then nail your miter together, baseboard to baseboard. I can hardly believe that's a solid concrete wall. If the end piece will come off, put some liquid nails behind it.
 
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Hi, thank you for your reply. And what do I do not for end pieces, but for long stretches of baseboard? There is a concrete wall behind the drywall for sure (although probably not at the place on the photo), I have confirmed that by asking the building manager.
 
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Are you telling me the rest of the baseboard isn't nailed to anything? Generally there will be a strip of wood that runs behind the baseboard, like a 1x3. You might be using nails that are too long if you are hitting the concrete. You probably also need a bigger nail set, not a smaller one.
 
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.... and if/where the short nails don't hold or draw it tight enough you can place a heavy object against the base to hold it tightly against the wall until the adhesive dries.
 
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The baseboards were held with these things (please see the photo), they are 1" long. Should I reuse them instead of using new nails?
 
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The ring shank has more holding power but the big head can be unsightly and harder to hide. Personally I'd use adhesive along with a brad nailer so I wouldn't have to set any nails [hopefully]
 
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That's a good idea about a bigger nail set, I'll try it.
 
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Marksr, thank you for your comment. Wouldn't using an adhesive make it more difficult later on, when I'd like to renovate and put new baseboards?
 
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I forgot about it being a temporary fix but if you do use adhesive you don't need to run a continous bead, just a little here and there as needed.
 
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Thank you. What do you think, what size bigger nail set should I try? The one that slips is 1/32". Home depot has 2/32" and 4/32".
 
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