08:37AM | 11/16/02
Member Since: 11/01/02
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I'm starting to plan a basement finishing project. On the couple of books I've got, they both recomend an "explosive" type powered nailer to secure the base frame to the concrete floor.

However, I've just purchased an air compressor type palm nailer to help with the framing.

My question is - will the air compressor type nailer be sufficient - or do I really need to rent this explosive type nailer?

Thanks for any help you can provide.


12:01PM | 11/16/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Don't think a palm nailer will do the job. An alternative to the "explosive" type powered nailer is to drill holes with a hammer drill and use heavy duty screws designed for fastening to cement. They are available at most large hardware stores.

DK Daniels

10:33AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 03/02/03
15 lifetime posts
Drill a 3/16" hole through the studs then use about 3" piece of some tin wire I believe it's called sold around the concrete section of the store wound of the size of your fist. Insert th e wire in the hole and use a #16 nail and it puts the 2x4 very tight to the floor. Make sure you use PT 2x4 for its the code for any wood touching concrete.


12:57PM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/08/03
11 lifetime posts
I purchased a Remington 22 cal. (Ramset also makes several kinds) nail gun for $15.99 at Home Depot. The one I purchased requires that you load the gun with one nail at a time and place a .22 cal load in the chamber - (can use different loads depending on the surface you are nailing to). To fire the load, you strike the butt end with a hammer. It works great. Just make sure you wear eye and ear protection and ensure that the exhaust chamber is pointed away from you. It sounds dangerous, but I if you are safety minded, it works great.


10:40AM | 03/05/03
Member Since: 11/01/02
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, after researching it some more, I also purchased the Remington poder actuated fastner. It works great, and my project is almost all framed now.
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