I have a question regarding basement walls:
What's the best way to anchor/attach the nailing base plate to the
floor? I really don't want to use a power actuated hammer. I own a decent
Thanks in advance,
I used a power actuated nailer to anchor my basement wall. It was
low-cost, fast, and easy. I don't see why you don't want to use it.
Of course, this can get expensive if you buy one of those
semi-automatic power actuated nailers. But there are very low cost
power actuated nailer available.
And you can save the wear and tear on your hammer drill for other
tasks, such as adding a low-cost adapter to it to use it for putting
in dry wall screws.
Don't forget to wear hearing protection though.
The best way is to nail it. Sorry about that.
For under forty bucks, you can buy a set of loads (yellow caps),
nails (2 1/2 inch), and a Remington driver -- the kind you hit with
If you're into overkill, you can use PL Premium and nails -- some
people do, I don't know why.
Use your hammer drill with a 5/32 bit. Drill through bottom plate and
say 1 1/2 inches into the concrete. Then use 3 inch "cut" type masonry
nails, worked great for me. I am finishing my basement and when I used
my masonry nail gun to anchor the metal bottom plate to the 50 year old
concrete floor the concrete kind of just exploded and the nail would not
grab. The nail gun worked great on the perimeter of the basement where
the concrete was a month old from a French drain installation.
That old concrete can get kind of hard.
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