How to install baseboard molding without a nail gun like a PRO

A common question people often ask how to install baseboard molding without a nail gun. Or is it even possible to install a baseboard without a nail gun? You have the same question, right? That is why you are reading this article.

Well, the answer is yes, you can install your baseboard molding without using a nail gun. All you need to do is to follow this article.

You need some patience, a few tools that you might have already, and basic skills to install the crown molding like a pro.

TOOLS: Hammer, knife, pry bar, measuring tape, saw, nails

COST: $2.5-$3 per linear square foot

TIME: 10-14 hours depending on the room size

Remove old baseboard and buy new

The first step is buying the baseboard. You should but the baseboard based on your choice and taste. But before that, you need to remove the old baseboard trim. A utility knife can help you cut through the top edge.

Then use a pry bar to loosen the baseboard and pull it to remove. If you are installing it for the first time, then leave this step. Measure the length so that you can buy the right amount of baseboard.

Cut baseboard

After measuring, cut it down. You should carefully measure the room with the tape so that you get an accurate measurement and cut it properly.

A saw, it can be an electric power miter or traditional, will help you cut the baseboard. When cutting, make sure you are cutting it according to the room length. Consider the corner as well.

If you don’t have a electric meter saw, you get it from online. Also, you can use any manual saw.

Install it

Now place the baseboard serially. Before that, make sure the floor is level. If the floor is not level, you might see some bumps after installing the baseboard. So be careful about it.

Then add some adhesive or glue to the back part of the baseboard and then place the baseboard on the floor as well as the wall. You might see some extra part or edge of baseboard, use the miter saw to cut it down.

Finally, use your hammer and drive finishing nails into through the baseboard for best fitting. If necessary, you can shoe molding as well as cap molding too.

By using spackles, you can easily touch up the trim you have. Even you can use the tape to tape the floor and wall above and below the trim. Finally, apply your finish coat for the final finishing.


You are done.

You see, it is not that tough. Just follow these instructions.

With Nail gun

Frequently asked questions

Can you install baseboards without a nail gun?

Yes, you can use a baseboard without a nail gun, but that will be trouble. Especially when you are working on a large scale.

Can you just glue baseboards?

You can just glue the baseboard. For that, pick strong adhesive such as Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive, 9 Ounce Cartridge. However, nailing will be better for sure.

Is it better to glue or nail baseboards?

Though many people like to use glue for baseboard molding, nailing always delivers better holding power.

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