Attaching Tacking Strips to Concrete


Old 10-10-00, 04:53 PM
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We are attempting to lay carpet in our basement. The room is 13X21 and the carpet will be all in one piece. However, we are having difficulty attaching the tacking strips to the concrete, the nails aren't holding! What can we do?
Old 10-15-00, 08:19 PM
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Go to the hardware store and buy 5 or so 1/8th concrete drill bits and predrill holes one half the length of the tackstrip nails, drill through the tackstrip and the concrete at the same time so you know where the hole is.

Pound in the nail, some times there is small rocks mixed in with the concrete, if you hit one with the drill bit move the hole over a little bit and do it again, this will save your bits so you don't have to go back to the hardware store, heck just buy them all and take back what ya don't use

It's ok to put nails 1/2 inch apart if one doesn't go in solidly. Try to move the strip with your fingers if it doesn't move your ok to go on with the installation, oh yea don't hit your fingers with the hammer.
Old 10-22-00, 09:49 PM
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Those stupid nails that are supposed to be driven into concrete just don't work well. Only 3 in every 5 even hold, and how well they're holding is subject to debate. Pros use a special tool that one guy holds over the nail and another guy whacks with a minisledge hammer to drive the nail in in one stroke, but often these don't even hold.

My best advice would be to return the tack strips you bought for the ones without nails and glue them down with construction adhesive. It'll hold better, be less agrivating, and you can always remove the adhesive from the concrete with heat and acetone.
Old 11-02-00, 09:35 AM
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Nailing tackstrip into concrete can be real fun if it is real old and seasoned wel. I call it "Ironcrete" Most tackstrip comes with 9/16" nails pre-pinned. They do suck on hard concrete. Try getting some 1/2" reinforcing nails. The more time you hit the nail, the more it will likely pop the concrete. One hit is all you get sometimes. So you better make it a good one, and try and stay off the baseboards!!!!
You can hammer drill and concrete molly. Been there, done that!

Perry Wright
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