Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Henri


Nailing molding to ceiling

Q.    What is the best way to nail molding to the ceiling without making hammer marks?

A.    There may be a number of techniques, but here is my suggestion: Don’t drive the nails all the way in; stop a very small fraction of an inch short of driving the nails home. Use the right size nail set to finish driving the nails and countersink them slightly so you can putty over their heads. Use a finish hammer (lighter than a regular hammer) and tap the nail set in gently.

Another way is to use a piece of aluminum (with a hole in it for the nail) that you hold over the molding until the nails are driven almost completely flush with the trim. Finish by setting and countersinking the nails in with a nail set.

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