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I have shot 1/2" pins into steel girder beams in houses that used metal girders instead of laminate beams and the inspector didn't care but can anyone pull a code about if it's okay to actually do what this guy does shooting nails into steel support beams? I assume all his jobs are inspected but he's not even using pressure treated contacting the floor, that's a failed inspection usually, all he needs is a small piece of metal under that 2x6. All he really needed to do was put in a nailer for the top while framing the soffit to secure the 2x6 to the top without messing with powder loads and everything. I've seen him do other stupid stuff for sure, and he has a side business of how-to videos for finishing basements lol.
I have a basement all finished except they didn't do the column wraps. The drywall above is hollow and possibly wires running through it or tight to duct work. I want to add in a 2x6 on each side of the column and finish with drywall. I could cut open the ceiling and basically add a backer 1x4 piece and basically just rely on drywall screws clamping that 1x4 to the top of the ceiling drywall and then use that to secure the top of the 2x6 but that's about as strong as just putting in drywall anchors which I don't think it strong enough. Also, possibly wires or no dead space above the drywall would prevent putting a wood backer piece. I could also just not touch the ceiling and put two 2x6s tight to the metal post and then on the two sides that don't have 2x6s, I can put a piece of wood tight to the post but flush to the outside of the 2x6s and then put shims in everywhere and screw through the shims until I hit the post and it shouldn't wobbly. But I would like to just shoot the 2x6s on with a powder gun but not sure about it. Where do I find a code like this? I mean, I know a deck 4x4 or 6x6, the metal anchors for the bottom, there's a premade hoel to drill out an entire half inch for cartridge bolt if you want to do that instead of using the 3 small nail holes on each side but this is a metal post holding up part of the center of a house with 3 stories above it.