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ajtool 09-02-2010 02:09 AM

sinking fluted masonry nails
I had to pick up some fluted masonry nails (grip-rite fas'ners) to mount some wood to my concrete walls. The question is, what size drill bit do I need to pre-drill the hole for the nails? The smallest bit I got is 5/32" do I need a smaller bit?

The screws I got to mount the plates to the floor are 3/16" inch (tapcon) need a 5/32" bit for pre-drill and these look fatter then the nails I got. I wonder if I should have got more tapcon screws to mount the wood to the walls instead of using the nails. I would, after all, prefer to NOT have a tile wall in my shower fall down on me :eek:

Mr Chips 09-02-2010 06:04 AM

You should NOT have to predrill at all, that's the point of using nails. If you are going to have to drill holes, use tapcons, zinc nail-ins, or even wedge anchors

epson 09-02-2010 07:43 AM

^^^^what he said^^^^

ajtool 09-02-2010 03:58 PM

Glad I checked, I seen a youtube vid of a guy pre drilling for these things. I decided to get more tapcons and just ditch the nails. The nails look like they could just slide right out of the wall

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