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Thread: Drilling concrete slab

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    Jack of all trades frenchie's Avatar
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    Ramsets often don't grab in well-cured concrete, the way they do in fresh.

    Also - he's not a pro - when is he ever gonna need a ramset again? A hammerdrill will get used for other things, inevitably, eventually.
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    Radon Contractor and Water Treatment 99k's Avatar
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    Fairfield Co.,Connecticut


    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    Still sounds like a lot of work!

    Can you say Ramset! http://www.ramset.com/721.asp

    I bought one of these on a job last month ... the ramset model I used has the charges in a plastic strip instead of loose. I find these are very consistant going into block but going into cured concrete is a crapshoot. Going into a floor is not that critical and would have worked fine ... then ebey when done.

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    Senior Robin Hood Guy Ian Gills's Avatar
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    I am in Key West at the moment enjoying the sun.

    But I maintain that screws and anchors are the way to do this in the spirit of craftmanship.

    I am approaching a gas pipe that runs the length of one wall across the basement ceiling. It is positioned about 5 inches from the wall which means I have a choice.

    I can either box it in behind the stud wall (which would mean I could not access it) or in front of the wall but cover it behind the suspended ceiling.

    Which is better? I either lose access and a little square footage, or maintain access but lose some ceiling height.

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    Remodel Contractor GabeS's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Brooklyn NY


    Number one, I don't believe you are allowed to bury the pipe behind the stud wall. Second, 5" is a lot of room to waste. Definitely build the wall against the foundation and build a soffit to cover the pipe. Then if you have to make a repair or replace the pipe it's much easier to get to.

    Rerouting the pipe is also an option if it's bothering a lot. More time and money, but you are already investing a lot of time and money to finish the basement. See if there's another path for the pipe.

    Don't follow my advice, I only know a thing or two about a thing or two.


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