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Old 07-20-2007, 09:30 AM   #1
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Attaching wood srtips to concrete wall


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I was wondering what is the best way to attach 1x2 PT furrins strips to my poured concrete basement walls? I am using the furring strips along the stairs where it is not possible to frame out with 2x4s.

Last night I tried tapcons with predrilling th ewholes but it took forever and the tapcons did not get tight, they just spun like they where stripped out. Any ideas /suggestions?? Any help would be greatly apprecaited!!

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Old 07-20-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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If the Tapcons aren't working out for you then several concrete anchoring solutions here at this website.

Sounds like you're using a conventional drill to make your pilot holes. A hammer drill would make your life a lot easier.

Or you could rent a 22cal Ramset gun.
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Pl400?
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S.S.--- I tried using my hammer actuated Ramset nailer with .22 caliber shots but that split the heck out of the wood. I am using a conventional drill, so I will try a hammer drill next.

Comp1911--- no idea what PI400 is. Can you elaborate?
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S.S.--- I tried using my hammer actuated Ramset nailer with .22 caliber shots but that split the heck out of the wood. I am using a conventional drill, so I will try a hammer drill next.

Comp1911--- no idea what PI400 is. Can you elaborate?
PL400 construction adhesive.
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...Ramset nailer with .22 caliber shots but that split the heck out of the wood.
Turn your stick of wood 90*, the grain might be working against you. You could always drill a small pilot hole in the furring strip...I like to use the ram set nails and adhesive...but I'm just anal.
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Is PL400 adhesive strong enough by itself to hold the strips to the concrete with 1/2" drywall hung on them?
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Once cured...sure. You want something to keep them in place while the glue cures.
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Is PL400 adhesive strong enough by itself to hold the strips to the concrete with 1/2" drywall hung on them?
I don't know, I'd still want a few mechanical fasteners installed just to hold them while the adhesive sets up.
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PL400 will hold the strips and the rock to the strips as well with just screws on the edge joints. If you really want mechanical fasteners in the furring strips just bent nail studs with the PL400.
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I found that using a hammer drill for concrete is a must.

Also, make sure that you use the correct drill bit for the size of Tapcons that you are using, and I always try to make the hole a little longer.

And make sure you get all the concrete dust out of the hole, as that can interfere with the tapcon going all the way in.

Make sure you have a good drill bit for the tapcon. If you have a worn out one, you may strip the head. And drive it in slowly.
You may even have to finish putting the screw in by hand.
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how about T-nails and a concret nailer I have been useing this to attach 2x4 to my slab for a bottem plate and put one on the wrong line had on heck of a time getting it up again Just my thoughts though

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