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01-23-09, 11:06 AM   #1  
framing questions

some of the walls i will be framing out in my basement will be up to 36' feet long. is it better to do 8' sections of 2x4's or go as long as 16' sections?

my slab is 2" thick and i will be using 2x4's as the bottom plate. how size tapcon screw should i buy and how far should i pre-drill it? how far should i space the tapcon screws?

and finally, i will eventually use the single shot caliber gun instead of the tapcons once i am sure the wall is where i want it to be. i plan on getting one from HD. not a hilti or anything expensive. i saw there a different color fasteners. which color/size would i get?

thank you.

 
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01-23-09, 02:25 PM   #2  
An 8' wall is manageable in 2x4. 16' is pushing the limit. Be sure your bottom plate is pressure treated. If your plans are to use a powder actuated gun, forego the tapcons. I use the yellow charge with 2 1/2" pins. Snap a line where you want your wall to be. That way, when you stand your wall up, you can pin it to the concrete, then plumb it and fasten the top.

 
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01-24-09, 11:51 AM   #3  
i am not doing the "build the wall and stand it up method." i am laying a bottom plate and a top plate and buliding it that way. thats how i want to do it.
so therefore, could i use 16' pieces? and please tell me the tapcon size.

 
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01-24-09, 02:36 PM   #4  
Sure, 16' pieces will work, as long as you have help, as the pieces are a little unwieldy.

 
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01-24-09, 06:23 PM   #5  
great....what about the tapcon size?????????

 
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01-25-09, 04:16 AM   #6  
1/4" x 3" but you have to use their bit to ensure a good bite.

 
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