How To Fix Loose Trim

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Trim and baseboards can take a lot of wear and tear through the years. It's not uncommon for trim to become loose or breakoff over time.

How To Fix Loose Trim

Ace's Home Expert, Lou Manfredini, will show you an easy way to fix the problem.


Option One: Nail Gun

When baseboard trim or trim around a window, door, etc. becomes loose the fix is fast and easy.  A nail gun is an incredible time saver, just make sure you are using the right size gauge nails for the job. Fifteen gauge nails are most often used for installing thick trim while an eighteen gauge and higher-gauge nail guns are best used for fine detail work, furniture repair and thin trim work.
It's best to try and place the nail in the same spot where the previous one was or close to it. If you plan to make a new hole with the nail, then be sure to place the nail about an inch or so off the bottom of the trim or the side if the trim you are fixing runs parallel.  Make sure the trim is straight so you're not reattaching it crooked. You may find that have an extra person hold the trim useful or apply painter's tape to hold the area down.  Line up the nail and trigger the nail gun to release a nail to the specified spot. Ensure the loose trim is more secure, if not, then you may need to insert another nail into the trim.

Option Two: Hammer, Nail and Trim Nail Punch

If power tools aren't in the plan to make this fix, then have no fear because a hammer and nail can do the job. With the piece of trim lined up correctly and evenly place the nail about one inch from the bottom of the trim or the side if the trim you are fixing runs parallel. Lightly tap the nail into the trim with the hammer. Use caution so you don't miss or hit too hard, which could cause the trim to break or chip. Don't hit the nail completely into the trim. Instead, stop right before the nail head goes into the trim. Next, use the trim nail punch to finish the job.  Take the trim nail punch and place it on the nail head and tap the rest of the nail into the trim.
Published on 1/11/2021.
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