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Old 01-19-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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How to attach wood to concrete floor?


So Im working on my second bathroom and I need to put in some new wall where there used to be this weird space beside the tub.

How do you attach the wood piece that runs along the ground to concrete slab?

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There are many options. You could rent or borrow a power actuated tool like a Ramset which shoots nails through the wood into to concrete. Or you can use a screw like a Tapcon ( that would be my choice) but you'll need a hammer drill with the correct bit. Then there are different types of sleeves and anchors, all requiring a hammer drill.
Of course you could just use good old fashion concrete nails. You need to hit them hard and straight. Personally I'd go with the Tapcons. A lot of folks on this site hate them, but with the right tools they are great.
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There are many options. You could rent or borrow a power actuated tool like a Ramset which shoots nails through the wood into to concrete. Or you can use a screw like a Tapcon ( that would be my choice) but you'll need a hammer drill with the correct bit. Then there are different types of sleeves and anchors, all requiring a hammer drill.
Of course you could just use good old fashion concrete nails. You need to hit them hard and straight. Personally I'd go with the Tapcons. A lot of folks on this site hate them, but with the right tools they are great.

Is the ramset the thing that shoots the nail like a bullet?

I used tapcons to fasten a toilet flange in my other bathroom. Worked pretty well. What is peoples beef with them?
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Yes. A Ramset uses a blank round and a nail with a gasket to shoot like a gun.
Tapcons are great but you have to take your time and drill the hole deep enough and with the correct bit. I also blow the dust out of the hole after drilling. Then you need to carefully tighten the screw. If you over tighten you'll snap the screw. I think some people are not careful and after they snap a bunch of fifty cent screws they give up on them.
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I'd also use some construction adhesive under the bottom plate.
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+1 to Joes recommendation.

I prefer the drop in concrete sleeve or wedge anchors.
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Tap cons work great if it's just a few you need. Ramset if you have a bunch to do. Be sure to put a gasket between the wood and the concrete to protect the wood from the moisture. There are foam gaskets available or use 6mil poly. If you want to glue it down then use pressure treated lumber for the bottom plate only.
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