Three methods for Attaching Basement Framed Walls to Concrete Floors
By Mark J. Donovan
||When finishing a basement one of the most common questions asked is how to attach framed walls to concrete floors. There are three common methods that I have used.
The method I prefer to use most for attaching framed walls to concrete floors is to use a hammer drill and Tapcon screws. I simply drill a hole through the bottom plate of the framed wall, and into the concrete the necessary depth for the particular Tapcon screw that I am using. Typically I use a 2-3/4 inch Tapcon screw.
Another method for attaching framed walls to concrete floors is to use a powder actuated tool.
A powder actuated tool can quickly drive a concrete nail through the bottom plate into the concrete floor. A powder actuated tool / nail gun typically uses a 0.22 or 0.27 caliber shot load explosive.
When attaching the bottom plate to the concrete floor, I first apply a bead of liquid nails to the underside of it. I then put it in position and attach it to the concrete floor via one of the three methods described above.
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