I am getting ready to start framing my basement in my new house I just
bought. It has a poured foundation. I was wondering what was the best way to
fasten a 2x4 to a concrete floor for the baseof the walls. I seen some
concrete nails (the flat ones) at home depot and I was thinking of going
this route. Do they just pound into the concrete? Or do I have to drill a
pilot hole first? And also, how deep into the concrete should the nail be
going? I am not sure what size to buy? Thanks for your help.
Help yourself and get a power gun nailer. Very easy to use, VERY loud as
well, wear earplugs. I had no luck pounding nails inthe floor, this tool mad
it a snap.
I got a Ramset model, it uses .22 shells to fire the nails. Be careful, this
thing can do some damage though. I used 3' nails, You need special nails fo
rthe gun though. Gor mine at Home depot. Cost $72 with shells and nails.
Using a power gun nailer is a good idea and worked well for me when I
did my basement. Here's a tip you might find useful: if the gun you get
does not have the capacity to fire a 3 inch nail, pound the 3 incher
with a hammer about half way into the 2x4 plate, stick the nozle of the
gun onto it, and fire away. My gun is a Hilti and one their guys gave me
the tip which really worked well. However, this is not a procedure that
Hilti has written down, so don't entirely take my word for it if your
not comfortable doing it.
Hey Lasher -- Before you really get revving on this, make sure the work you
do is up to code. Basement framing and walls have a few regs that are
different from working on a normal room in the house and every municipality
By way of example:
A fellow on one of the groups had a particularly unpleasant story when he
framed and drywalled his basement, had everything done, and an inspector
popped by -- turns out he didn't use pressure treated lumber where walls
contacted the pad and that was required in their municipality. Now the
inspector has ordered him to tear it all out and he's in a protracted battle
with city hall. ( BTW, the inspector caught on to him when he drove by and
saw the lumber in the yard -- he stopped in to make an inquiry and the guy
didn't have a permit, so things got a little unhappy.)
FWIW, just thought I'd mention it so you don't find yourself in a similar
Lasher wrote, wondering if this is really what he meant?
Don't use concrete cut nails, it will wear you out and most don't go in
unless you use a mini sledge hammer. Use either a Hilti or Ramset gun, I
believe you can rent them still. Although I have heard you need a permit in
some states to operate them which is a little excessive in my opinion.
Really makes fast work for installing studs, nailers and furring strips to
concrete. They even make some incredible glues and epoxy for the same
applications but I would still go with the first option.
You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK.
I used Tapcon screws: predrill and screw them in. They worked really well.
I would also support the gun route. I have one as well do some other work I
had to do. They are a real godsend. Home Depot rents them if you don't
want to buy but they do have a pretty inexpensive unit (single nail/shot)
you can buy.
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