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Old 11-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Am trying to attach my pressure treated plates to basement concrete floor using a hammershot powder fastening system. The charges are .22 calibre level 2 as the concrete floor is under 5 years old.

The problem is that the nail barely goes into the wood with the charge. Only about 1/4 inch deep. I understood that these should shoot the nail through the wood and a full inch into concrete. Any ideas as to what Im doing wrong?

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If your hitting it hard enough to fire the shot then your doing it right.
Going to have to go to a higher shot.
Still not work then go with a hammer drill and use Tap-Cons.
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Slip some foam board under the plate (non-pt, check locally) with a continuous bead of caulking against the concrete floor for an air/thermal/capillary break to the cold slab/earth below to protect the studs/cavity insulation; http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...-building-code

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I've used .22's multiple times with pt wood with no issues. Are you holding the gun firmly to the wood? Are you hitting a knot? Knots shouldn't make a difference, but I can't think I've any reason why it wouldn't go through the wood.

What nails are you using?
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I have used Tap-Con concrete anchor screws in the past for basement base plate anchoring along with the hammer drill, but honestly they were kind of a pain.

A construction-foreman neighbor of mine gave me some of these Concrete wedge anchors and they are awesome!! I had two more base plates to do when he gave me those, and I wish he had told me about them earlier!

You just drill the hole with a hammer drill, then you hammer the anchor in the hole (easy) and turn the nut with a ratchet or wrench to create the wedge. And it's WAY in there, and WAY easier than screwing in Tap-Cons in my opinion.
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