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Old 10-23-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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I am planning on building a wall inside my loft and am required to use metal studs. Both the ceiling and floor are cement. How do i anchor the studs in the cement ceiling?

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either a ramset or a hammer drill with concrete nails

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Or tapcons
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Or tapcons
How close do the tap cons have to be from each other?
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For ease of use and quickness, ramset is the way to go. The bit you use for the tapcons will not go through the metal studs. So you need 2 bits and a screw gun to put them in.
Ramset,put the nail in place,hit it with the hammer,your done!
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How close do the tap cons have to be from each other?

use steel track to hold the metal studs and space fasteners with 16 to 24" separation. pre drill the track and if you cut the studs tight to fit between the tracks you can anchor the top track later after the wall is filled in with studs and wedged between floor and ceiling...
pop chalk lines and anchor the bottom track first (laying out) and plumb all studs from the bottom track. sharpies and small C clamps will serve you well in your endeavor.
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Can i rent a ramset somewhere?
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Can i rent a ramset somewhere?
You can buy the manual handheld one from HD with nails and loads for about $30 bucks. WEAR ear and eye protection!

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