How to Attach Furring Strips over Concrete Part 2

What You'll Need
Safety glasses
Furring strips
Upholstery tacks
Concrete fasteners or sleeve anchors
Socket wrench
Ear plugs

A wood furring strip is easy to install and no special tools are needed. Furring strips are long thin wood strips of kiln dried wood or metal strips that make a support system for a finished room. They can be attached to concrete or block. The 12” main runners on the metal grid work will require the work of 2 people. The frame is simply a fixture of the strips attached to your concrete wall. Attaching furring strips over concrete is not a difficult task. Bv following the easy step-by-step guide below, you can attach the furring strips over concrete yourself. The tools you will need and a step-by-step guide to complete this project are listed below.

(This is Part 2 of a 2 part series. To return to Part 1, click here.)

Step 1 – Lay Out the Ceiling

Plan your tile layout so that the tiles are less than 6 inches.

Step 2 – Place the Furring Strips

To begin, place the furring strips in the spot of concrete where you want it to be attached.

Step 3 – Drill the Hole

With the hammer-drill in drill mode, penetrate into the furring strip initially. Then, switch to hammer mode to allow the screw to penetrate into the concrete. You will want to penetrate into the wall about a quarter of an inch deeper than the penetration of the concrete fastener itself. So you are looking to put about an inch and a half depth into the concrete wall. This is assuming that you are going an inch and a quarter deep into the concrete wall using the screw or fastener.

Step 4 – Vacuum the Dust and Debris

With the hole drilled, use the vacuum cleaner to make sure the hole is free from any debris or dust. This will ensure that there is a solid bond between the concrete and the fastener.

Step 5 – Attach the Concrete Fastener

Next, attach the concrete fastener to the 2 by 4 and into the concrete wall. Insert the screw through the furring strip and in the hole that you drilled into the concrete wall. Use a socket wrench to tighten the screw, but be careful not to make it extremely tight. If you over-tighten it, you will strip the concrete holes. Before you apply any additional holes to the furring strips, use a level to make sure the furring strip is perfectly vertical. If it is, you can drill the next series of holes and complete the fastening of the furring strip to the concrete wall. Install concrete fasteners every 2 feet along the length of each of the furring strips.

Step 6 – Finishing

If you have a drywall or other wall covering, you can now attach it to the furring strips.