I installed engineered bamboo flooring in my home office and have quarter round shoe molding to install to cover the expansion gap. Given how hard the trim is (I've bent nails installing the carpet reducer), can I use glue to fasten the molding to the baseboard? If so, what glue do you recommend?
Shoe molding may have to be removed in the future to work on the floor or the wall. That's fairly easy with nails. It's fairly difficult with glue, unless you use something like hide glue that's specifically intended to allow disassembly ... and the techniques used for that would be hard to apply in situ to parts of a house.
Generally, don't glue anything that may need to be serviced, unless you're willing to risk having to destroy it to remove it.
If you where going to glue it You would need to use timber white glue from your local hardware. The problem with glueing is that you can't get the glue on the floating floor since it needs to be able to move. An another problem is that if you have painted stuff the glue won't stick as well
So saying that you are better off hiring a gas / or air nail gun. If you don't have one. You will get it done in no time. An dont need to worry about making a mess with glue
You can also pre drill a pilot hole Use a drill bit a tiny bit smaller then the nails. You won't have a problem bending nails this way.
We have the base already installed and are adding a shoe base to cover a small gap created by the floating and expanding and contracting bamboo floor. We plan to glue it to the existing base that was attached with a brads and a air stapler. Since it will be glued only to the base, not the floor, all could be easily removed.