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Old 01-23-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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How to keep 2x4 in place when spanning 2 studs?


So I need to run 2 2x4s horizontally between studs to support the shower valve and pipe for shower head. How do you fasten these down without them moving?

If you want these 2x4s in a specific place when you go to hit a nail through them it pushes them out of position.

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I usually use a screw---sometimes I will use my finish gun---but usually a screw---

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I usually use a screw---sometimes I will use my finish gun---but usually a screw---

Do you drill a pilot hole? How do you drill a pilot hole with the board moving?
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A 2x4 block screwed to the studs for your horizontals to rest on will usually make it easier. Being you are a DIYer invest in a couple quick grip clamps. They are like having an extra pair of hands.
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A 2x4 block screwed to the studs for your horizontals to rest on will usually make it easier. Being you are a DIYer invest in a couple quick grip clamps. They are like having an extra pair of hands.

Ah, that might work. I do have one quick grip and using it crossed my mind but I didnt think of having it clamp on a wood block.
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Ah, that might work. I do have one quick grip and using it crossed my mind but I didnt think of having it clamp on a wood block.
Just use the clamp to position the blocking while screwing it to the studs as Mike mentioned. Bore a pilot hole in the first member the screw will slip through. DIY ers know that sometimes good things take a little longer.
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I've built soffits using nothing but screws and my bare hands. If you put enough pressure on it the wood stays in place. You can also make it a very tight fit that you have to hammer into place. That will usually hold it. It's a pain. Clamps def would help.
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A few other suggestions. Just set the 2X on the floor to predrill it. Sometimes I'll use a drill a hole the size slightly larger then the size of the head of the screw then finish with one the size of the major diameter of the threads on the screw. insert the screw in the drilled hole before setting in place.
Or use a Kreg tool.
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If you are concerned the 2X4 will move forward while screwing, draw a line where you want the face of the 2X4 to stop, drive two small nails on the line leaving about an inch of nail sticking out, the nails will stop the 2X4 so it will be in the perfect spot for the valves. If you have a kreg jig you can pocket hole the screws.

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