Steel Framing/Lower plate

Old 01-08-03, 09:56 AM
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Question Steel Framing/Lower plate

We are going to start finishing our basement later this month and have a question that we've found different answers to.

The basement is dry, never had a problem with moisture - house is 6 years old. We are planning on using steel studs for all the walls. What is the proper method for attaching the bottom steel plate to the concrete floor? We've heard you can attach the steel track right to the concrete floor and on the other hard we've heard you should nail a treated 2x4 to the concrete first - then screw the steel track on top of that.

Any ideas?!?

Thank you for your time and such a great DIY resource!!

Old 01-08-03, 10:29 AM
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I used the steel tracks and studs as well. I have no moisture problems in my basement. I bought a .22 caliber nail gun from HD ($75) and nailed the tracks to the concrete. It worked very fast, easy and relatively cheap and would recommend it. I have finished insulating and now into hanging the drywall, it is quite sturdy as well. If you don't want buy the gun you can rent them. I have heard you can use liquid nails but I was worried that after a few years it may not hold so good...
Old 01-09-03, 08:24 AM
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Do not forget that you need plastic bushings to run NM cable through steel studs. Office buildings cannot use NM so they run BX (AC) and do not need the bushings.
Old 01-09-03, 08:28 AM
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Yeah, they have clip on red bushings at HD, they are in the electrical isle, like 50 in a bag for 3- 4 bucks. Put them everywhere, never know where you might want to run stuff in the future.

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