How to Install Door Trim Without Nail Gun – 6 Easy steps

Those days are gone when we used to sue hammer to drive nails into the surface. Now we use nail gun. If you have the best nail gun, you can easily do your task with a few minutes where you needed a few hours.

For example, you can install your door trim with the nail gun quickly.

However, you can do it without a nail gun as well. Today we will talk about how to install door trim without a nail gun. Just follow the steps I am going to tell you.

Step 1: Safety first

Before starting your job, you should make sure that you have taken all the safety measures. You know, safety is always first. Every year, thousands of people go to the hospital due to carpentry injuries. So be careful.

Wear safety glasses. Also, wear safety gloves and safety boots. If possible, use a helmet as well.

Step 2: Preparing

Now it is time for preparing.

Preparation starts with planning. You need to decide which trim molding will be perfect for you. Based on the interior design of your home, you can choose it.

The next thing you have to do is to take the right measurement. Without the right measurement, you cannot purchase the trim molding properly.

What you need

  • A measurement tape
  • Safety instrument
  • A minimum 40 teeth blade, 80 is recommended
  • Wood glue
  • A drilling machine
  • No nail gun is needed
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Step 3: Stain the trim

It is really important to stain the trim. Make sure you have chosen the best stain for your trim. So, apply stain and wait until it dries properly. Do not start working until it dries.

Step 4: Cut the trim

Now it is time to cut the trim. By using the measuring tape or whatever you have, measure the trim and then cut it with the 40 teeth blade. Make sure you cut the end at 45 degrees angle. Why it is important? Because this is going to make your trim fit around the door jamb.

Step 5: Glue the end.

Now we are in the final round. It is high time you glue the end together. So lay down the trim on your floor in the exact shape of your door. Here shape is really important. If you miss the shape, you are going to suffer and the trim is not going to fit for sure.

So lay it properly and then glue the ends to fit two sides together. If you can do it successfully, you are almost done.

Step 6: Set the trim

It is time to set the trim. All you need to do is to drill a hole at the top of the trim, sink a screw in that hole, and by using the hammer, drive a perfect finish nail into your target. In the same way, nail all the other places of the trim and set it up. It is as simple as that.


As you can see, you can easily set up your door trim without a nail gun. It is time for work. If you have any confusion, you should check the video I have embedded above and by following that, you can install your door trim. Best of luck to you.

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