Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-02-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2
Share |
Default

Attaching wood to metal


I want to build a wall in my basement. My house is modular so the joists in the basement are a heavy metal. I have no idea how to attach the wood walls to the metal joists. What tools do I need? Screws, bolts , what??

jmagnah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,114
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Pictures help. You would actually need to have someone weld brackets for mounting the wood timbers, or just build the timbers in a way that they are not attached to the units laying on the concrete walls. You basically would build a box that is only attached to the walls, not the modular living units.

__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 2,040
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Is this wall paralleled or perpendicular to your metal joists?
Are they metal Joists or metal beams?
mae-ling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: missouri
Posts: 209
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Self tapping screws should go thru it.The screws with a cutter end on it.
scottktmrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,093
Default

Attaching wood to metal


this is what we use sold at box stores the little wings cut slightly larger hole in wood to prevent screw jacking
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UGuCP01X3m8
__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 255
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Fastening wood to steel is done often in commercial construction using powder actuated equipment such as Hilti or Ramset.
rustyjames is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 08:39 AM   #7
Frustrated DIYer
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Australia, QLD
Posts: 13
Default

Attaching wood to metal


How thick is the metal? If it's thin you can easily drill and screw the wood for framing, then you can attached the board for the wall.
Obn2012_Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:08 AM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Since it is a modular the undercarriage is heavy duty metal beams. The wheels are removed then the home is placed on the basement but the beams stay. Regular stick built homes have wood joists (I'm not sure "joist" is the correct term) in the ceiling of the basement but in modulars they are metal beams. The wall would be attached to the metal beams in the ceiling just as you would in any regular basement, I just don't know what to use since obviously regular screws or nails will not work.
jmagnah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:13 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 2,040
Default

Attaching wood to metal


You can use the self tapping screws as stated above, although you may need to drill smaller pilot holes anyways.
Or metal screws that you will need to predrill for.

Go into a reputable hardware or lumber store and they can help you. Usually not a big box store.
mae-ling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #10
Experienced
 
Jackofall1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Southern Michigan
Posts: 2,822
Default

Attaching wood to metal


This would be a good one to post pictures of, it would certainly give us an idea of exactly what you are trying to connect to.

Mark
__________________
When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
Jackofall1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:27 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 2,040
Default

Attaching wood to metal




Usually like this, wood joists run front to back on top of it.
mae-ling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:34 AM   #12
Experienced
 
Jackofall1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Southern Michigan
Posts: 2,822
Default

Attaching wood to metal


Quote:
Originally Posted by mae-ling View Post


Usually like this, wood joists run front to back on top of it.
Thats kinda like I was invisioning, what I was trying to picture is whether they would be fastening on the horizontal (bottom flange) or on the vertical (web). Need to answer that question to best determine a means of fastening.

Mark

__________________
When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
Jackofall1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
basement, metal joists, wall


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
Metal strap on wood framing. Can I cut it? monteconde Carpentry 3 08-06-2011 08:59 PM
Ready to paint the porch! Oil or latex? Leah Frances Painting 8 07-26-2011 07:29 PM
Attaching metal flashing to Faux stucco sdcurt Roofing/Siding 3 10-10-2010 04:51 PM
metal or wood studs? pwise Carpentry 7 01-21-2009 11:08 AM
Do I need to replace a rotten sill plate met Carpentry 8 07-11-2008 09:14 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

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