I'm not criticizing the suggestions but just thinking that I would have had
some fun if those nailing guns were available at the time, but when I
finished our basement 40 years ago I just used 2x4 sole plates fastened to
the concrete with cut nails banged in with a old fashioned hammer and elbow
grease. Painted the plates with copper chromate and toe-nailed the studs to
it and to the joists above. Kept the studs about 1/4" from the foundation
wall and covered the framing with prefinished paneling using a liquid nails
type glue. Put in a dropped ceiling with flush lighting. Still in great
shape despite many periods of high moisture.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 31 Mar 2006:
Let me add some perspective here. It will make a BIG difference
how long the concrete floor has been in place. If it's been curing
for 40 years, it will be a bear to shoot the nails into or to drill
My floor was so hard that I used the highest load, shot a nail into
it, pulled the nail with a crowbar, and then shot a second nail in
the same spot. And that's AFTER drilling the PT plate.
For all your walls, I'd use a combination of adhesive (there are
better alternatives to Liquid Nails) and shot nails. If the
concrete is relatively new, I'd use tapcons and adhesive.
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