Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-21-2009, 09:52 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 16
Share |
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Hi there,

I'm refinishing a basement and would like to run a wall directly under the single I-beam we have in the basement (to encapsulate the posts and split the room).

Is there a recommended way to fasten the top plate to the I beam? Bolting it on seems like an obvious potential, but i didn't want to just start drilling holes into the beam.

Thanks for your input!

Bob
jcims is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
Drywall contractor
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lilburn, GA
Posts: 2,083
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Shoot it with a powder actuated tool (Ramset).
__________________
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier. Support our troops.
bjbatlanta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 10:54 AM   #3
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


If you don't have one or can't rent one than just make the wall tight and attach with PL400 glue.
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 11:29 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 16
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Quote:
Originally Posted by bjbatlanta View Post
Shoot it with a powder actuated tool (Ramset).
Really? That's crazy.

Will take a look at that vs the glue. Thanks folks!
jcims is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 12:13 PM   #5
motivator
 
Speedball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 113
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Nail guns.....er....powder actuated fastening devices are great.
__________________
............Enjoy...Pat
Speedball is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 12:27 PM   #6
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Quote:
Originally Posted by jcims View Post
Really? That's crazy.

Will take a look at that vs the glue. Thanks folks!
It was not crazy.. it is the way any pro would do it. My suggestion was more for a DIYer without all the tools. These nail guns will shoot a steel nail though steel very easily.
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 03:13 PM   #7
Old School
 
Willie T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Petersburg, FL Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond them.
Posts: 3,634
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Yes, I guess it does sound a little crazy. But it's true. A ramset is the preferred method of attachment.... and it is quick and super easy. You just squeeze the trigger, and it's done.
__________________
"True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and only that which is."
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Willie T
Willie T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 07:08 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 16
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Mariani View Post
It was not crazy.. it is the way any pro would do it. My suggestion was more for a DIYer without all the tools. These nail guns will shoot a steel nail though steel very easily.
Hope my comment didn't come across wrong...I believed you guys, just never would have though that would work. Checked at HD on the way home and sure enough, their powerset kits showed steel up to 3/8" thick. I grabbed some glue for tonight because the only gun that ran the 'power level 5' blanks (what they suggested on the back of the box for steel) was $200. Will check the rental place tomorrow.

Thanks again folks!
jcims is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 09:19 PM   #9
Drywall contractor
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lilburn, GA
Posts: 2,083
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Understand your skepticism. The rental route would be the best option if you can't borrow one. Couldn't really venture a guess as to how much and if it would be worth it by the time you buy shot and pins....
Bob's suggestion may well be the best in the long run. Just be sure to allow enough time for the glue to set before you hang any drywall. (Maybe even add a couple of bolts, just for good measure.)
__________________
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier. Support our troops.
bjbatlanta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2009, 09:49 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island
Posts: 348
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


are you sheetrocking all three sides of that I beam? If so another option for you is to build a ladder on both sides of the I beam flush with the bottom of the I beam or 1 1/2" lower. If its flush, you can add on with screws and some PL400 3/4" plywood to the bottom ( saves on hieght) or if you go the 1 1/2" lower, then just add some 2X4"s across from side to side and add your wall to that after you sheetrock it. ( Will save time later on )

To build a ladder, just take a 2X4 and rip it half. Now attach your 2X4 cripples to whatever the height is on flat. Real easy. Build it on your work horses or the floor then nail or screw it off to the floor joist above. Give yourself a little playroom left to right.
Attached Thumbnails
Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?-i-beam.jpg  

Last edited by II Weeks; 03-21-2009 at 10:19 PM.
II Weeks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2009, 08:49 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island
Posts: 348
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


heres another option and its what we do if the I beam is less than 10" high.

Join these to every other joist and again, the bottom can be either 2X4's or ply wood.
Attached Thumbnails
Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?-i-beam-2.jpg  

Last edited by II Weeks; 03-22-2009 at 08:53 AM.
II Weeks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2009, 10:56 AM   #12
Tool Geek
 
PaliBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pacific Palisades CA
Posts: 2,471
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Weeks, I'm impressed with your illustrations. How do you do it?
Maybe Sketch Up? + something else? The screws look photo quality.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery
PaliBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island
Posts: 348
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


lol

its MS paint and the screws are copy and pasted
II Weeks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2009, 12:00 PM   #14
Tool Geek
 
PaliBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pacific Palisades CA
Posts: 2,471
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Congratulations Weeks,
MS Paint is surprisingly powerful.
You know how to use all the tools including copy,cut, & paste.
I've never tried any drawings as complex as yours in MS Paint.

Good Work
.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery

Last edited by PaliBob; 03-22-2009 at 12:01 PM. Reason: typo
PaliBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2009, 02:42 PM   #15
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Default

Best way to fasten a top plate to an I beam?


Cut: use the edit menu or in any Windows app Ctrl+X
Copy: Ctrl+C
Paste:Ctrl+V
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OSB Stronger than Plywood? Weathermaker01 Flooring 15 12-22-2012 09:06 AM
Q:Temp support to replace beam and posts on deck dougq Building & Construction 10 09-02-2008 04:24 PM
Beam Replacement? Steve Dailey Carpentry 5 05-19-2008 08:46 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.