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Old 01-28-2008, 05:00 PM   #1
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shooting nails through 2x4s into concrete


i have a remington powder-actuated nail gun for fastening 2x4 into concrete.

Q1: which size nails should i use (3.5 in perhaps) ?
Q2: which strength ammunition should i use (1-6) ?

bonus Q: if the vertical 2x4s are called studs, what do you call the horizontal ones that get fastened to the floor ?

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Sill Plate... don't know about the nails or the power setting.

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Old 01-28-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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2.5 to 3.5 will suffice....red powder loads, be sure to get the pins with washers installed. A bead of adhesive helps seal the sill, also.
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Q1: which size nails should i use (3.5 in perhaps) ?-
Use the 3-1/2" COATED nails. Make sure that they are coated/treated or galvanized, or the PT lumber will cause them to corrode. There is no need to use washers.

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That depends on the concrete. I would suggest that you get several boxes of #2, #3, #4.... and return what you don't use. # 3 charge is about average for basements and PT 2x4 attachment.

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They are called " plates".

Top = top plate

Bottom = bottom sill plate, or sole plate

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If the concrete is well cured, requiring the use of red loads ( #5 or #6 depending on manufacturer/style/caliber ), as in most remodeling scenarios, the use of the washered pins is recommended, and in fact required in some areas, even in new construction..........but then I can only refer to Southern Building Code here in Texas for recommendations, along with 42 years experience in the building trades.........didn't see any reference to using PT.........just 2X

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required in my municipality.

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.that being the case, absolutely agree with using coated pins.....

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