Fitting skirting boards

Hey dudes, I have to fit some skirtings in my kitchen shortly.....how best do I attach them to a sold block wall?


I'm not sure they'll go into a solid wall?

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  • FreeBear
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    If the wall is dead straight, a grab adhesive such as NoNails or Gripfill.
    With a wavy wall, some well placed Rawl plugs & screws work well.
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    As above, glue normally works.


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    No way glue will work here.
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    How badly out of true are the walls?  Can you post a photo?  Are the walls being plastered first?
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    One wall is being skimmed, the rest are going over the existing plaster.  They aren't massively out, but they aren't square either.....
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    Are masonary nails a bad choice?
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    What sort of skirting board is this? 3mm nails are pretty thick and IMO can split both timber and MDF.  I used similar DIY method for fixing oak architrave, and I used much thinner nails combined with some grab adhesive.
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    grumbler said:
    What sort of skirting board is this? 3mm nails are pretty thick and IMO can split both timber and MDF.  I used similar DIY method for fixing oak architrave, and I used much thinner nails combined with some grab adhesive.



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    edited 3 December 2023 at 2:31PM
    Personally, I prefer screws wherever possible, especially if painted over.
    Try these nails, with some offcut first,  if you want and report  back - this isn't a common method of fixing and you are unlikely to find anyone here who used them. £10 for the nails isn't a big loss if it doesn't go well.
    Don't hit MDF directly with a hammer like they show in their picture - use a mallet instead or a piece of timber between the board and the hammer.
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    If you know someone with a nail gun (and the right nails), that will do the trick in seconds. So long as you won't ever want to get them off in one piece. ;)

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