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jayliz433

07:20AM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/20/04
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The entrance to our house consists of wood stairs leading up to a cement landing, approximately 3'x 3'. Instead of demolishing it to replace it, we were hoping to lay a wood fixture overtop and then attach that to the cement. I am curious as to what could be used to attached the wood to the cement?


k2

08:51AM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Jayliz,

I've had good luck (this was years ago in another house) using a power nailer. I'm talking about the type that uses a 22-caliber charged nail.

These nailers are not hard to find and aren't expensive ($20-30). As I recall, the nails come with different sized loads. If the concrete's been there a while, it might take a bigger load. (Too small and it won't go all the way in, too large and it goes too far through the wood.)

Good luck!

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Glenn Good

05:02PM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
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There is another way by using special screws made for concrete. Several brand names are TapCon, Drillcrete, and ConSert.

These screws are installed by drilling a pilot hole through the wood and into the concrete (using the masonry drill bit provided) and then driving in the screw using a power drill.

The screws are made from a coated, hardened, steel that will tap threads into the concrete as they are screwed in. They are available in both hex head or flat head styles and either 3/16" or 1/4" diameter. The flat head style will work best for your application.

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JohnnyV

05:51AM | 07/18/04
Member Since: 07/17/04
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You'll want to use a pressure treated wood everywhere that will be making direct contact with the concrete, and all the new available pressure treated woods will corrode most fasteners very quickly. i don't know that they make a hardened nail for it. Tapcons have a coating which will not corrode.

alternately you might be able to use cedar, which will take a normal fastener. you could use cut nails and not have to buy the power nailer. You only need 3/4 inches of the nail in the concrete, a six penny nail for 5/4 decking is sufficient. But thats a good way to make ugly if you screw up, those nails like to decide to not drive at the last second, and not come out. there are exterior glues for concrete too, but i don't know about using them in your situation
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