Nailing header with no room to hammer


Old 04-11-09, 09:19 AM
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Nailing header with no room to hammer

I'm trying to frame for an attic ladder for my garage ceiling. There is no drywall or floor in yet, just floor joists. They are 2x10 spaced on 12". How can I install a header in that space if I don't really have room to hammer in the nails?

I guess joist hangers would be a little easier since the nails would be a lot shorter, but I'm not sure. Do joist hangers support as well as actually nailing to the header itself?
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Old 04-11-09, 09:25 AM
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Toe nail or use a palm nailer.
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Yes, hangers are stronger. Here: LUS/HUS Double Shear Joist Hangers They also make double member hangers, sold at most lumberyards and box stores. The nails are 1-1/2" long. Go to Lowe's site and enter: install attic stairs, in the search box. Be safe, GBR
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